Blandfordia grandiflora – Christmas Bells

The red and yellow waxy flowers are a familiar Christmas decoration for many Australians. The wispy tufts of strappy narrow leaves can tend to get lost in the garden and are easier to keep track of when grown in pots, or you can place a label next to it in a garden situation so you don’t mistake it for a weed when it is not in flower. They respond to low phosphorus native plant fertiliser after cutting off the spent flower stems. This plant also works well in rockery type situations in the garden.

Family:Liliaceae
Scientific Name:Blandfordia grandiflora
Common Name:Christmas Bells
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like
Height:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.1 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Red
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.