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 Uses:Cut flower, Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds, 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.