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Fringe Lily Thysanotus

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Fringe Lily Thysanotus.

This beauty is native and widespread in Australia, yet it seems that it may not have yet made its way to the USA. This is a pity because not only is it pretty but the common fringe lily Thysanotus tuberosus is apparently easy to grow.

Fringe Lilies are found in woodlands on limestone, white and red sand, loam, clay, laterite and granite. They occur right across the southwest region and into the Eremaean Botanical Province (central part of Western Australia).

From ecoedge.com

It is a perennial herb with a crisp-tasting edible root. There are variations in flower appearance, some of which I am illustrating here. And variations in growth form, though I have not found pictures that are suitable. It grows typically as a clump of strap-like leaves to about a foot high, then sends up flower stalks that may carry flowers singly or in clusters.

The flowers are shown for a long time, from spring to fall on all types of terrain, from dry to wet. Maybe someone will import it and we can see how it fares in our climates and soils.

fringe lily thysanotusImage from Pinterest

thysanotus

Image from Wikipedia

tuberosusFrom Girraween National Park

Featured image: Fringe lily Thysanotus from ANPSA

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