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Spectacular blooms of the giant spear lily in the Botanical Garden


After 15 years the Doryanthes palmeri (giant spear lily) has been starting to open its blooms - come and see it in the Botanical Garden!

Doryanthes palmeri forms a huge rosette of oversized leaves, each of which can eventually reach 12 feet long and 9 inches wide. The flower spikes, which appear from winter through summer, get so heavy they arch downwards. The large blooms are 5 inches across and are brilliant red, attracting all sorts of birds. The spectacular spear flower can be admired in the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna.



Doryanthes palmeri (2018), (c) Rudolf Hromniak, Botanical Garden