Helmholtzia glaberrima – Stream Lily

A  beautiful Australian native  lily with glossy dark green arching leaves and large panicles of white or pale pink flowers in summer. It is a hardy and easy care large perennial plant with strappy leaves. It grows from underground rhizomes which make it a hardy plant, and if it becomes untidy, simply pull or prune off the affected leaves from the base, where it will sprout fresh new growth. It can grow to 2 metres tall and wide. It is a rainforest plant  which grows near shady streams in its natural habitat, and it will look at its best in similar conditions, but it can take a more sunny position and some dryness once established. Good for attracting butterflies and other interesting insects. Tolerant of some frost, if leaf blackening occurs wait till all danger of frost is gone and prune off affected leaves.

Family : Philydraceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Width : 2
Flowering Time : Spring, Summer
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained, Needs regular watering
Special Uses : Bog gardens, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Helmholtzia glaberrima
Common Name : Stream Lily
Height : 2
Flower Color : White, Cream
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects