Burchardia umbellata - R.Br.
Common Name Milkmaids
Family Colchicaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Heaths, flats, open forests and low hillsides in all regions[154, 193].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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Burchardia umbellata Milkmaids

Burchardia umbellata Milkmaids
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Physical Characteristics
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Burchardia umbellata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in flower in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


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Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[193]. Starchy but a non-descript flavour[144]. Pleasantly starchy, much like raw potato[193].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Requires a well-drained sandy peat or a peat and loam mix[1]. Requires plenty of moisture in the growing season from late winter to spring but the plant dies down in the summer and should be kept drier at this time[157]. Although the plant tolerates temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157]. in the cooler climate of Britain it is not really very hardy. It can, however, be grown outdoors in the summer and be lifted in the autumn and stored in a cool but frost-free place over winter[200]. There is a conflict with this last statement because the plant normally comes into root growth in late winter and flowers in spring. We assume that for storage to work you have to keep the rhizomes fairly dry and cool in storage to prevent early growth[K]. Plants also grow very well in a cool greenhouse where it should be repotted rather loosely in the spring of each year[1].
Seed - we have no information on this plant but would advise sowing the seed in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the summer or sowing the stored seed in a greenhouse in the spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Richard Clark   Fri Dec 29 15:09:38 2000
Grows naturally in Western Australia!!!
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