We went up Lagoon Mountain on Tuesday with a botanist and were lucky enough to find a Chocolate Lily. Just the one plant, flowering out of season, at the start of winter instead of in spring. For such a small flower, it’s fragrance is very strong. And it really does smell like rich dark chocolate.
Chocolate Lilies were a source of food for the Aboriginal people who, for thousands of years, lived here where I live now. They roasted and ate the tubers of this plant. After the impact of sheep and cattle grazing over the last 180 years, it’s wonderful to see one now.
I’ll look for more in spring.