Blandfordia Plant Profile and Growing Hints
Blandfordia Grandiflora or as they are commonly called ‘Christmas Bells’ are a must for the native garden, or in fact any garden, Large flowers heads held high on stalks nearly 1m high. With up to 20 flowers on a stalk they make a fantastic display and they are from the lily family.
These are one of the truly wonderful Australian flowering plants, brilliant flowers and can be planted either individually or in small clumps. Give them a little space in-between tubers so that the large flowers can be shown off to their fullest.
They can also be grown in containers, use a largish deep pot and a good quality potting mix.
These are a clump forming plant that grow not from a bulb but from tuberous root system, they require good drainage as well as some moisture. Appearing as a tufted perennial found naturally in damp conditions in heathlands from Queensland through to New south Wales, so try growing Blandfordia in a glazed pot to control moisture Try a mixture of peat, or composted sawdust fine and coarse clean sand.
The ideal conditions are sunny with consistent moisture, so maybe a hollow at the lower part of a garden slope where natural moisture occurs, however not water logged areas.
Propagation from fresh seed is possible and germination rates can be hight. Initial growth is slow as plants establish a root system. However you can also try root division of established clumps.
Blandfordia grandiflora flowers are red and yellow with some forms having pure yellow flowers. Widely grown commercially as a cut flower and unfortunately a little endangered in its native habitat due to land clearing.
Also Blandfordia nobilis is from the coastal areas of southern New south Wales with small colonies in eastern Victoria, and Blandfordia punicea which is from Tasmania. All are from the lily family and are tough attractive flowering plants well suited to the rock garden.