Calectasia cyanea – Blue Tinsel Lily

A clumping perennial herb with stunning star shaped blue to purple flowers with bright yellow contrasting centres. Native only to Western Australia, it grows only in a small region in Torndirrup National Park and is listed as critically endangered in the wild. Hardy in the right conditions, it is suitable for containers, gardens and landscape use. The compact habit and interesting foliage make it attractive year round, and the unique flowers create a brilliant display from late Winter through Spring.


Scientific Name:Calectasia cyanea
Common Name:Blue Tinsel Lily
Other Common Names:Star of Bethlehem
Plant Type:Small shrub, Clumping perennial
Height:0.15 ~ 0.6 metres
Width:0.1 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Blue, Purple
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bonsai, Honey producing plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


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.