Blandfordia_grandiflora.jpg (26590 bytes)Blandfordia grandiflora: is a member of the Blandfordiaceae family and is known as Christmas Bells. There are four species in the genus and this is the only genus in the family. Blandfordia is sometimes included in the Liliaceae family.
Blandfordia grandiflora is a tufted perennial herb (without woody stems). The narrow leaves may be up to 70 centimetres long. The eye-catching flowers are red with yellow lobes. Some forms have wholly yellow flowers. The blooms are held on stalks, up to 80 centimetres long. Up to 20 flowers are held on each stalk. Flowering usually occurs in summer (hence the common name) with occasional flowers at other times.
Christmas Bells occur along the north and central coast of New South Wales and extends into Queensland . There are also populations on the north and central tablelands of New South Wales .
Blandfordia nobilis is a similar species. Its flowers are roughly cylindrical whilst those of Blandfordia grandiflora are larger and funnel-shaped.
Christmas Bells occur naturally in damp and/or peaty soils. In cultivation, Christmas Bells should be grown in damp situations or supplied with ample water.
Propagate from seed.
Hybrids occur where the populations of Blandfordia grandiflora and Blandfordia nobilis overlap.
Christmas Bells are popular cut flowers and some experimentation is being undertaken in mass cultivation. Some growers are cultivating plants in containers so that water levels may be controlled.

Please note: In New South Wales , Christmas Bells are protected and picking flowers, from wild populations is prohibited.