Calostemma purpureum – Garland Lily

A native lily, this long-lived herb has strappy leaves appearing through Spring, followed by eye-catching red to purple flowers which appear in clusters on the compact leafless flower stems in Summer. Once common across the East Coast and South Australia, it’s now rare in the wild due to habitat destruction. Great for garden use as it’s low maintenance, easy to grow and adaptable to a range of conditions and soil types. The brilliant flowers create a vibrant display and make it a great feature in the garden, ideal for use in borders, rockeries or containers.

Family:Amaryllidaceae
Scientific Name:Calostemma purpureum
Common Name:Garland Lily
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.3 ~ 0.6 metres
Width:0.2 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Red, Pink, Purple
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
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Bulb
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, 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

 


 

 

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