Blue Grass Lily – Aphyllanthes monspeliensis L.

Blue Grass Lily

Aphyllanthes monspeliensis L,

Asparagaceae family

This plant from arid mediterranean areas blossoms at pentecost.

Their corollas (composed of all the petals) look like a funnel. The flowers are edible but make sure to identify them properly.

To resist against the drought, this plant doesn’t have any leaves ; it makes its photosynthesis with its blue-green stems.

USEFUL : Grass scrubbing brushes with its roots

We used to harvest its roots with a long-toothed spade. The roots were rubbed against a stone in order to remove their barks. Then they were fixed on a wooden support, and the brush was ready !


These flowers are appreciated by hares and other herbivores. It is also the sweets of the shepherds when they watch their flocks.

the sweets of the shepherds

Why do so many species are called « from Montpellier » ?

This city has one of the oldest university of France. In the 16th century, its reputation as a medical university was already established. Botany education and the fields trips were a large part of the program. Plants identification sessions were mandatory.

Many of these future botanists-doctors have baptized plants “from Montpellier” because they were studing there. Unknown samples were sent to this university for identification. That is why many plants are called « from Montpellier »

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