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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.
An easy care plant for tropical style gardens, with large broad leaves of purple and grey green which make a bold colour statement. Canna 'Intrigue' also has tall orange spikes of flowers in the warm months, but it is the foliage which is the real winner. The leaves and flowers can also be cut for use in flower arrangements. Best in full sun in a moist soil with a good amount of organic matter, they can also be grown in a lightly shaded position. They will take light frost. They grow from an underground rhizome, and these should be lifted and divided every few years as the rhizomes become crowded. Waterwise plants once established.
Flower colour: orange
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 1.5 metres
Maximum width: 0.8 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: dry, moist.
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.