Doryanthes palmeri, Giant Spear Lily, Queensland Mountain Lily

Doryanthes palmeri

Giant Spear Lily, Queensland Mountain Lily
Family: Doryanthaceae
Origin: West Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Doryanthes palmeri is a perennial shrub native to Australia and is known by many names, including Giant Spear Lily, Flame Lily and Red Lily. This large shrub grows to a height of up to 5-10 ft tall and produces stunning red, crimson, or vinous-colored flowers that are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. It will die back to the ground in severe cold areas, but will usually come back from the roots in mild climates.

Doryanthes palmeri prefers full sun to partial shade and moderate watering. This plant is hardy in USDA Zone 9-11 and is relatively easy to care for.

When growing this plant in cold regions, it is advisable to provide it with extra protection against frost. The best way to achieve this is by planting it in a pot and moving it indoors into a bright and well-ventilated space during the coldest months. It also may require additional watering throughout the winter months as its soil can quickly become dry due to the low temperatures.

Overall, Doryanthes palmeri is an appealing plant with magnificent red flowers that can add a touch of color and interest to any garden setting. With proper care and in its suitable environment, it can offer many years of enjoyment for its appreciative owners.

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