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Dichopogon capillipes 'Purple Chocolate Lily' Seeds

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Dichopogon capillipes 'Purple Lily' - 20x Seeds

Chocolate Lily is a perennial herb growing up to 1m tall that flowers in September–February and dies off over summer and reshoots in winter each year.

Chocolate Lily has a striking purple flower of differing shades.

The root tubers are ovoid and with the roots growing through them. The root tubers are many per plant and can be more than 100 per plant. They are 15–20mm long and 6–8mm wide. The two year old tubers are a darker brown than the lighter coloured 1 year old tubers.

The raw tubers are crunchy and a little bitter but not bad to taste. The lightly roasted tubers (220 degrees for 10 minutes in an oiled tray) are more palatable and are great with salt. A sweet sauce would cover the bitterness. 

Seed Starting Method

Dichopogon capillipes 'Purple Lily' seeds are only a few millimeters in size. As a general rule Dichopogon capillipes 'Purple Lily'  seed should be sown to the depth of the seed. 

Although most Australian native/ endemic seed can be sown throughout the seasons across Australia it is advisable to sow in Spring or Summer in colder regions. The optimum temperate to ensure the best possible germination rate for sowing many Australian native/ endemic species is around 18-22°C.  

Smoke treatment recommended

Sowing Depth


See above.
The seed will lodge in the pores of your seed starting mix once misted with water.

Growing Season


Spring & Autumn
Place in a warm sunny position and keep moist to avoid drying out.

Germination Time 10-40 days at around 18-22°C.
Hardiness Hardy 
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height 1m high 
Planting Position Partial or full sun
Days Until Maturity  N/A
Growing tips

Seeds of many native/endemic species require specific conditions that mimic their natural habitat or specially formulated seed treatments, to break dormancy. 

Do not be to quick to discard pots that haven't yet shown signs of seed germination. Seeds will often lay dormant until conditions are optimal and will produce amazing results, long after they have been forgotten.

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for most native species.

Research shows that many members of this species are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke, which mimocs an Australian bushfire. Although germination will may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.

Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by applying to the surface after sowing.

Click this link to view our seed starting treatments specially designed for Australian Natives

 

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