Cormous, perennial, herb, to 0.35 m high. Fl. purple-blue-yellow, Sep to Nov. Brown sandy loam or clay, red, white and black clayey soils, gritty sand granite. Seasonal creeklines and wetlands, near salt lakes, hills, valley slopes, paddocks.
Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Avon Wheatbelt P2, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Lesueur Sandplain, Perth, Southern Cross, Southern Jarrah Forest, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Beverley, Boyup Brook, Busselton, Carnamah, Dowerin, Dumbleyung, Gnowangerup, Gosnells, Jerramungup, Kellerberrin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Merredin, Mingenew, Moora, Morawa, Narrogin, Northam, Northampton, Pingelly, Plantagenet, Quairading, Ravensthorpe, South Perth, Subiaco, Victoria Plains, Wagin, Wongan-Ballidu, Yilgarn.
General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Life form. Annually renewed corm. Reproduction. Primarily seed, occasionally offsets. Dispersal. Water, soil. Time to first flowering. 3 years. Fire response. Generally survives fire.
Additional information. Origin. Southern Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape.
Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray metsulfuron methyl 0.2 g/15 L or chlorsulfuron 0.2 g/15 L + Pulse® or 2.5-5 g/ha + Pulse® or 2,2 DPA 55 g/10 L + Pulse®. Apply just on flowering at corm exhaustion. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.
Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.
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