Xeronema callistemon

Poor Knight's Lily


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Poor Knight's Lily. Crazy good plant endemic to 3 islands off of New Zealand's North Island where it grows in rocky outcrops. Evergreen sword leaves to 3' with stunning red bottlebrush flowers that are like nothing else. It is frost-sensitive and can take 15 years to flower but if potbound, you can shave some years off. The wait will be completely worth it.


Plant Type

  • Perennial / Bulb
  • Evergreen

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 10 (30 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Moist
  • Moderate

Bloom Time

  • Summer