Calostemma luteum – Yellow Garland-Lily

This native lily is named for it’s stunning yellow blooms (similar in appearance to jonquils and daffodils) Calostemma comes from Greek and translates to ‘beautiful crown’, and Luteum from Latin meaning yellow. It grows commonly across the East Coast of Australia and is found occasionally in Victoria. The flowers appear throughout Summer after the strappy foliage has died back, making a great feature in the garden or landscape. Particularly suited to rockeries and containers. Fairly low maintenance, it performs best with regular watering and benefits from application of a slow release fertiliser in early Spring. Some botanists do not accept it as a unique species seperate to Calostemma purpureum, the common form of garland lily, however it is subject to debate. It is widely considered to be a separate species, and is accepted as such by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Australian Plant Census as of 2014.


Family : Amaryllidaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Width : 0.45
Flowering Time : Summer
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Growth Habit : Deciduous
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Cut flower, Decorative fruit, Pipe and drain friendly
Scientific Name: Calostemma luteum
Common Name : Yellow Garland-Lily
Height : 0.5
Flower Color : Cream, Yellow
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects