Calostemma luteum – Yellow Garland-Lily

This native lily is named for it’s stunning yellow blooms (similar in appearance to jonquils and daffodils) Calostemma comes from Greek and translates to ‘beautiful crown’, and Luteum from Latin meaning yellow. It grows commonly across the East Coast of Australia and is found occasionally in Victoria. The flowers appear throughout Summer after the strappy foliage has died back, making a great feature in the garden or landscape. Particularly suited to rockeries and containers. Fairly low maintenance, it performs best with regular watering and benefits from application of a slow release fertiliser in early Spring. Some botanists do not accept it as a unique species seperate to Calostemma purpureum, the common form of garland lily, however it is subject to debate. It is widely considered to be a separate species, and is accepted as such by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Australian Plant Census as of 2014.


Scientific Name:Calostemma luteum
Common Name:Yellow Garland-Lily
Other Common Names:Native Jonquil, Native Daffodil, Wilcannia Lily
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.15 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:20.45 metres
Flower Colour:Cream, Yellow
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Deciduous
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
Special Features:Cut flower, Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




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