Spear Lily

Spear Lily - Doryanthes palmeri

There is a Queensland Spear Lily in the bed by the front gate, another in the bed west of the lake and a third in the bed near the cannon. It is native to coastal regions of northern NSW and southern Queensland, but like the Moreton Bay Fig, does well in Warrnambool.

It is a dramatic plant with arching, strappy leaves up to 3m long and an enormous flowering stalk that can grow to 5m high. The flowers are red and the fruit egg shaped with seeds about 20mm long.

It flowers at intervals, depending on conditions. While the plant in Kew Gardens U.K. has flowered only 4 times since 1948 the Warrnambool plants flower much more frequently.