Chocolate Lily

Scientific NameArthropodium strictum
Size and formA tufted, perennial herb with tuberous roots 20cm-1.2m high and 20-80cm wide.
Flowers, leaves and fruitA striking, deep pink or mauve flower with dark purple anthers on an erect stalk occurs from September to December. Flowers have a distinct chocolate scent. Fruit is an ovoid capsule. Leaves are green, linear and flat or slightly channelled.
Growing conditionsCommon on grassy plains and woodlands. Prefers moist and well-drained soils in a full-sun or semi-shade position. Plants die back to tubers in summer and reshoot the following autumn. Suitable for rockery areas and containers. Susceptible to slug damage. Tubers are edible.