Sowerbaea juncea Andrews

Vanilla Lily

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Sowerbaea

Category: Perennial

Size: 16" tall leaves, taller in bloom

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Blue-green linear to round leaves in clumps 16" tall. Flowers in clusters of 20 or so individual flowers on one stem, purple with pink bracts, vanilla fragrance, in spring.

Sowerbia, with cylindrical leaves pointed at the ends; flower-stem naked and crooked; the umbel globular; flowers with very long foot-stalks. (Bot. Repos.)


Published in Bot. Repos. 2: 81 in 1800 (as Sowerbia).

Native to Australia and introduced to England from Botany Bay in 1792.

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