Gymea lilies are spectacular Australian native plants with large, compact heads of nectar filled red flowers atop tall, thick stems. Most Australian natives resent being transplanted, but Gymea lilies can be dug up, moved and planted bare rooted. Don looked at a specimen which was purchased from a plantation two years ago. It has already developed into a full sized plant, and it is now flowering.
Common name: Gymea Lily, Flame Lily, Spear Lily
Botanic name: Doryanthes excelsa
Description: Australian native perennial lily with rosettes of large sword-shaped, light green leaves over 1m (3’) long . In spring and summer, deep blood-red flowers appear on the end of tall stems or scapes up to 6m (20’) tall. Flowers are followed by woody capsules which split open when ripe, releasing flat, slightly winged seeds. Plants grown from seed take 6-7 years to flower. DebsPhotos
I took this image the other day at my daughters school..they have several of these plants…this one was only a ‘baby’ one!!