Calostemma , Plant Profile and growing conditions
Often overlooked by gardeners, Calostema are a small group of bulbs, with common names that include ‘Garland Lily’ and’Wilcannia Lily’. One of the few Australian Native Bulbs, however it is wonderful when in flower. They a part of the Amaryllicacae family and are summer to spring flowering depending on species and climate.
Found in the border areas of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia (Riverina).
In their native habitat they will push through the ground in summer, even though it is usually dry. Purple is the main flower colour however white, yellow and cream flowering varieties are also found.
Calostemma flower in late summer and are a wonderful Australian Bulb well suited to the garden. Drought tolerant bulb not widely seen as nurseries just do not seem to be bothered growing them.
Growing to 30cm Calostemma Pururea (or purpureum) is probably the best known. Strap like foliage and red tubular slightly pendulous flowers on a tall stem, Calostemma Purpureum are suitable for the rock garden or for growing in pots. Calostemma Aurea and the yellow flowering Calostemma lutea are also worth looking for
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