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Doryanthes palmeri (Spear lily)

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Plant description

doranthes palmeri spear lily 001

The Spearlily is a favourite with gardeners due to its unique flowerheads and tough upright, clumping growth habit. It makes a great feature or pot plant. It is very easy to maintain by simply cutting off the old flower heads and removing any dead or dying foliage in autumn.

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
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 1.5 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: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: spring or autumn.

Types of fertiliser: general purpose.

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