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Spear lily

Doryanthes spp.

Doryanthes palmeri JPG1a by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

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Doryanthes excelsa (Gymea Lilly), Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, Victoria Australia (5129020223)
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Spear lily Overview

Small genus with just 2 evergreen perennials. They grow in rosettes and are favoured for their showy blooms. Both species are native to Australia and tend only to flower after around 10 years. Red, tubular blooms are borne on a large flower spike above linear, sword-shaped green foliage.

How to propagate Spear lily

Seed

You can propagate by seed in spring, by mature bulbils.

Suckers

Suckers after flowering.

Other uses of Spear lily

Grown for their flowers.