Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
|Botanical Name:||Burchardia umbellata|
|Common Name:||milkmaids , popoto , star-of- bethlehem|
|Sold As:||Tube ($2.00)|
|Lily, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Indigenous Plant Use|
|Indigenous Plant Use:||Tubers can be roasted or eaten raw. The potato like tuber are white, fleshy, crisp, and starchy, with a nondescript flavor.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!|
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Wet, Well Drained
|50 cm high|
|Foliage:||1-2 narrow, fleshy channelled basal leaves 10-30 cm x 3-6 mm. Leaf-like bracts on flowering stem.|
|Flowers:||Terminal cluster of 2-9 honey-scented (white often pink on outside) flowers to 30 mm wide. Anthers pink or purple. Erect triangular seed capsules remain on plant after seed shed. September-December|
|Perennial herb with a corm and tuberous roots. Plant dies down after flowering in summer. Attractive little plant for drifts amongst trees with a light canopy, in rockeries or in containers.|
Plants can be propagated from seed which does not require pre-treatment for successful germination.
The fruit is a capsule and needs to be monitored closely as mature seeds shed within 3-14 days. Collect capsules by hand when red-brown and brittle, mature seed should be dark brown and hard. Dry seed capsules in paper bags and thresh lightly when capsules have opened.