Helmholtzia glaberrima – Stream Lily


A  beautiful Australian native  lily with glossy dark green arching leaves and large panicles of white or pale pink flowers in summer. It is a hardy and easy care large perennial plant with strappy leaves. It grows from underground rhizomes which make it a hardy plant, and if it becomes untidy, simply pull or prune off the affected leaves from the base, where it will sprout fresh new growth. It can grow to 2 metres tall and wide. It is a rainforest plant  which grows near shady streams in it’s natural habitat, and it will look at its best in similar conditions, but it can take a more sunny position and some dryness once established. Good for attracting butterflies and other interesting insects. Tolerant of some frost, if leaf blackening occurs wait till all danger of frost is gone and prune off affected leaves.

Scientific Name:Helmholtzia glaberrima
Family:Philydraceae
Common Name:Stream Lily
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained, Needs regular watering
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Bog gardens, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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