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Doryanthes excelsa – Gymea Lily

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Common name: Gymea Lily, Flame Lily, Spear Lily, Giant Lily, Illawarra Lily

The Gymea lily is one of the largest variety of Lillies in the world. Sought after for it's architectural aesthetics, it has a upright, clumping growth habit and large sword shaped leaves. When the plant is in flower it produces an eye catching rich red bloom that sits on a 2 to 6 metres tall stem. The flowers are rich in nectar, often being visited by birds, bees and other insects.

A very adaptable native plant that naturally grows in NSW central coast. The foliage is frost tolerant but flowers can be damaged by heavy frost. Can handle a variety of soils but would prefer well drained and can be grown in a large containers.

  • Evergreen clumping perennial
  • Frost Tolerant
  • Heat and Draught Tolerant once established

Sow Direct (after frost) or Raise Seedlings. Well drained soil media.

Sowing Depth 1cm. Keep Moist
When to sow in Australia

Tropical: Autumn  

Subtropical: Autumn

Temperate: Autumn

Cool climate: Autumn

Germination 2 to 3 Months Days at 21-24° C
Plant Spacing 3M
Width 2 - 3 M
Height 2 - 6 M
Position Full sun. Full sun to part shade