Gymea Lilies - Doryanthes excelsa. Everything about the Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa) is larger than life. The bold foliage can reach over four metres in height and some majestic flower stems can reach over ten metres tall.
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The wonderful soft, velvet-like texture and the silver coloured foliage are the outstanding features of this species. From the south coast of Western Australia, this plant is best suited to areas of southern Australia that have a Mediterranean climate (ie dry summers) rather than the more humid climates of places like Sydney and Brisbane. It grows into a large shrub and so makes a great feature plant and is sometimes used as a Christmas tree if grown in a large container. It has a compact habit and therefore needs very little pruning, maybe an occassional tidy up coming in to spring if there is any dead or dying foliage. Whilst the flowers are rather inconspicuous the foliage more than makes up for it so plant it in a spot where visitors can reach it as the texture of the foliage is well worth a feel.
Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Nectar feeding birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, arid.
Loam: dry, well-drained.
Clay: not suitable.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus native plant fertiliser.