Australian Sword Lily !EXCLUSIVE!
Their stems are generally unbranched, producing 1 to 9 narrow, sword-shaped, longitudinal grooved leaves, enclosed in a sheath. The lowest leaf is shortened to a cataphyll. The leaf blades can be plane or cruciform in cross section.
australian sword lily
Belonging to the iris (Iridaceae) family, this genus of some 180 species of cormous perennials has a distribution range that extends from Europe to western Asia and South Africa and encompasses a variety of habitats. Though the tall-spiked large-flowered hybrids derived primarily from South African species are popular plants, the genus also contains many species that are quite different from the showy hybrids. Larger plants can be used to good effect in border plantings, while the smaller-growing plants are ideal container subjects. The genus name is derived from the Latin gladius, meaning sword, and refers to the long sword-shaped foliage of most species. Roasted Gladiolus corms were a food source for southern African tribes and are reputed to taste like chestnuts.
Sword lilies, so named for the sword-like foliage, in fact have leaves that range from grassy to the trademark sword-shaped. Borne on tall spikes, the flowers are funnel-shaped, often flaring open or with ruffled edges. The large-flowered garden hybrids are flamboyant and colourful, ensuring their popularity with gardeners and their continued hybridization for the cut flower trade. What the species may lack in flamboyance is often compensated by a pleasant fragrance, and they are equally worthy garden subjects.
Kangaroo paw plants are most commonly recognized by their uniquely fuzzy flowers that resemble kangaroo paws. This physical trait, along with its native homeland of Western Australia, are the inspirations behind the common names kangaroo paw, tall kangaroo paw and Australian sword lily. In the U.S., red and green flowered Anigozanthos manglesii types are sometimes called reindeer paw.
Doryanthes palmeri, commonly called the giant spear lily,is a hardy, low maintenance monocot endemic to north east New South Wales and south east Queensland. It is listed as vulnerable due to the fact that it occurs in so few regions of Australia. 041b061a72