Christmas bells

Family: Blandfordiaceae
Genus: Blandfordia
Species: grandiflora
Main Flower Colour: Red


A tufted perennial herb. The leaves are about 70 cm long, flat with a keeled underside, 2–5 mm wide.The flower stalk is about 80 cm long but can reach up to 175 cm. The inflorescence is a loose raceme, with 2–20 bell shaped flowers. Flowers vary from wholly yellow to orange or red with yellow lobes. Grows in damp sandy and/or peaty soils in coastal and tableland areas; north from the Hawkesbury R. area, to southern Qld and inland to Glen Innes district.

Flowering start in October and ends in January.


The main flower colour is red. Blandfordia is a small genus of 4 species all confined to south-eastern Australia. They are slow-growing, grass-like plants with narrow leaves and bell-shaped flowers produced on stems arising from the centre of the clump. All are commonly known as "Christmas bells" as they generally flower in December-January.

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Bio Regions

New England Tablelands (NET), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), NSW North Coast (NNC)

Region Specifics

NSW Northern tablelands along Gwydir Highway.

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