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Blandfordia grandiflora (Christmas Bells)

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Helpful articles

Microclimates in your garden. Did you know your whole garden may be a microclimate that allows you to grow plants that would not thrive on the other side of the street? Read this article to learn more.

Garden Themes. This article describes various garden themes that should work well within Australia.

Angus's Top Gum Trees for Gardens. Angus Stewart's list of the best gum trees (Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora) for Australian gardens.

Ground covers.

Plant description

blandfordia 003

blandfordia 001

The red and yellow waxy flowers are a familiar Christmas decoration for many Australians. The wispy tufts of strappy narrow leaves can tend to get lost in the garden and are easier to keep track of when grown in pots. They respond to low phosphorus native plant fertiliser after cutting off the spent flower stems. This plant also works well in rockery type situations in the garden.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red and yellow
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: 0.1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: nectar feeding birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus native plant fertiliser.

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