Sowerbaea juncea – Vanilla Lily

A perennial plant that forms a grass like clump, and gets swathes of pale mauve flowers with a beautiful vanilla perfume through spring. It has attractive blue green thin leaves which contrast nicely with the flowers. Likes a sunny position with moist soils for best performance. A great plant for edging ponds, in rockeries and for containers. While it is commonly called a lily, it does not get tubers, but has a fibrous root system. Naturally grows in sandy heathlands from Queensland down to Tasmania.

Family : Asparagaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial
Width : 0.4
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen
Soil Moisture : Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Sowerbeae juncea
Common Name : Vanilla Lily
Height : 0.5
Flower Color : Mauve
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Light : Sunny
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects