Doryanthes excelsa – Gymea Lily

 

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.

Family:Doryanthaceae
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
Flower Colour:Red
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
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
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

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

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

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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