Arthropodium strictum, also known as Chocolate lily, is a perennial plant that is commonly used in landscaping. It has long, strappy leaves that grow up to 70cm long and arch gracefully. In late spring to early summer, it produces tall spikes of fragrant, chocolate-scented flowers that range in color from pale mauve to deep purple. Arthropodium strictum prefers well-drained soil in a sunny or partly shaded position, and is drought-tolerant once established. It is an excellent choice for planting in rock gardens, cottage gardens, and native gardens, and can also be grown in pots or containers.
Height: Up to 70 cm
Width: Up to 0.5 m
Aspect: Prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soils. The plant is adaptable and can grow in a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils.
Flowers: Produces clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers in shades of purple or brown, with a distinctive chocolate-like fragrance. The flowers bloom from spring through summer and are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Uses: Arthropodium strictum is a popular plant for ornamental landscaping, particularly in native gardens and as a border plant. Its attractive flowers and foliage make it a popular choice for cut flower arrangements. The tubers of the plant have also been used by Indigenous Australians for food, with a flavor similar to that of a sweet potato.