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Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use Identification & Control
of Common Weeds

Botanical Name:Dichopogon strictus 
Synonym(s):   Arthropodium strictum  , Arthropodium stricta 
Common Name:Chocolate Lily 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Lily, Grass Like / Strappy, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Tubers can be eaten raw or roasted but the chocolate scented flowers are not edible.  The tubers are juicy and slightly bitter in taste.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Well Drained
1 m x 80 cm
Foliage:Grass-like leaves. Narrow, flat, slightly channelled leaves 10-60 cm x 1-10 mm.
Flowers:The scent of the deep pink to mauve-Violet flowers resembles chocolate, caramel or vanilla. Erect branched flowering stem with single fragrant flowers on erect stalks to 35 mm long, petal and sepal lobes spreading. Anthers purple with bright yellow appendages. September-December
Dies down after flowering.  Frost tolerant.  Plant in groups or drifts in small gardens, cottage gardens, rockeries and containers. Grow well under trees. Chocolate fragrance is very obvious.
  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council 
  3. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 

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