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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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Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.
Armeria are herbaceous or shrubby perennials that form dense cushions of foliage, and flower through spring and summer. The flowers are good cut flowers, and can be used fresh or dried. They are tough and adaptable plants that grow on a wide range of soils, and have few pests and diseases. They make good rockery plants, as well as being excellent container plants. They are also good seaside plants, as they are very salt tolerant. They like a sunny or semi shaded position, and are also very frost tolerant. The plant resembles grass, so take care not to mistake it for a weed when it is not in flower. It does not like wet feet.
Propagate by division of the plant, or by seed.
Flower colour: pink, white, mauve
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres
Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, moths, bees, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, arid.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: dry, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.5-7.5
Root rot in overly wet conditions
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied in spring.