Chocoholics dream of laying down in a field of chocolate.
Just outside of Young on the Monteagle Stock Route they can go a small way to living the dream, laying down in a field of chocolate scented lilies.
Local farmer Keith Butt says the lilies have been growing in the district since he was a young boy but the wet and cooler conditions of the current spring appear to have resulted in an abundance of the flowers this year.
Keith said the flowers close down at sundown each day, blooming again the next morning.
“I’ve never seen at in such supply,” Keith said.
Scientifically known as Arthropodium Strictum the chocolate lily is a species of herbaceousperennial plants native to the Southern Hemisphere.
It takes its common name from the fact that its smell resembles the smell of chocolate.
The individual, drooping flowers range in colour from pale mauve to dark purple. The lily is found in only small patches in NSW but grows in abundance in Victoria.
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