Doryanthes excelsa – The Gymea Lily
A native plant that grows in woodland areas, Gymea lily or ‘Doryanthes excelsa’ are a spectacular Australian Native up to 4m tall with long, sword-like leaves individually 1m long surrounding a large flower head on a tall spike. Native to areas around Sydney the Gymea Lily makes a fantastic feature in the garden. Gymea lilies can be successfully grown in pots or containers.
These wonderful plants do take some time to reach flowering size. When they mature they will flower from spring through to summer.
Care and Growing Notes
Doryanthes excelsa or ‘ Gymea Lily’ is a great plant for the back of the border or as a feature plant in a pot. With a flower stem 2m – 6m tall they do make a striking statement. Keep them well watered in spring, but well drained as well.
Although the plant is frost tolerant the flower spikes are not, and as these are produced during cooler periods if you are growing these in a frost prone area they will need protection.
As with all plants, if you are growing in a container make sure you do not over pot, if you do growth will be slow until the roots start to feel a little constricted, then you may get is to flower. So be prepared to start in a smallish container and ‘pot up’ as required.
Species and varieties
The lesser known Doryanthes palmerii or ‘Spear Lily’ is the Queensland spear lily with large red flowers during spring, a little more difficult in cooler conditions
Doryanthes will grow to 5m making them an outstanding plant for the back of the native border. The flower spear of the Doryanthes rises high above the lower growing base foliage.
Propagation is from seed, or by the removal of small offsets.
Gymea Lilies are available for sale form the following nurseries
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918 Wisemans Ferry Rd Sommersby NSW 2250
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20 Swan Street, Lara, Vic. 3212 Contact: Ph/Fax: (03) 5282 8704
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