Helmholtzia glaberrima – Stream Lily

A  beautiful Australian native  lily with glossy dark green arching leaves and large panicles of white or pale pink flowers in summer. It is a hardy and easy care large perennial plant with strappy leaves. It grows from underground rhizomes which make it a hardy plant, and if it becomes untidy, simply pull or prune off the affected leaves from the base, where it will sprout fresh new growth. It can grow to 2 metres tall and wide. It is a rainforest plant  which grows near shady streams in its natural habitat, and it will look at its best in similar conditions, but it can take a more sunny position and some dryness once established. Good for attracting butterflies and other interesting insects. Tolerant of some frost, if leaf blackening occurs wait till all danger of frost is gone and prune off affected leaves.

Family:Philydraceae
Scientific Name:Helmholtzia glaberrima
Common Name:Stream Lily
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained, Needs regular watering
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Bog gardens, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well 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

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – 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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