The Gymea lily is a stunning, architectural plant, with an upright, clumping growth habit and large sword shaped leaves. It makes an eye catching feature plant when in flower, with long stems which can reach from 2 to 4 metres tall, topped by a large, rich red flower head. Prefers a deep, well drained soil in sun or shade, and can be grown in large containers. It is very easy to maintain by simply cutting off the old flower heads and removing any dead or dying foliage in autumn. The flowers are rich in nectar, often being visited by birds, bees and other insects. Naturally grows on the NSW central coast, but happy in a wider range, foliage is frost resistant, but flowers buds can be damaged by heavy frost.
|Scientific Name:||Doryanthes excelsa|
|Common Name:||Gymea Lily|
|Other Common Names:||Flame Lily, Spear Lily|
|Plant Type:||Clumping perennial|
|Height:||2 ~ 4 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 3 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer, Autumn|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Wow factor|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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