Geitonoplesium cymosum - (R.Br.)A.Cunn.
Common Name Scrambling Lily
Family Philesiaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist eucalyptus forests, sparse rainforests and creek banks[156, 193].
Range Australia - New South Wales.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Geitonoplesium cymosum Scrambling Lily

Geitonoplesium cymosum Scrambling Lily[email protected]
Physical Characteristics
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Geitonoplesium cymosum is an evergreen Perennial Climber growing to 4 m (13ft 1in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked. They make a fine substitute for asparagus[2, 154, 177, 193].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses

The stems of the plant are used as rough ropes[156].
Cultivation details
Prefers a humus-rich loamy soil[1]. There is very little information about growing this plant in Britain but it succeeds in most soils when grown in a shady position in Australian gardens[157]. It is likely to require a sunny sheltered position in this country[K]. This species requires greenhouse protection in Britain[1]. The plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers plus our longer, colder and wetter winters. The plants produce new growth from a tuberous rootstock, and it is most likely that this root is hardier than the top-growth. It would therefore be worthwhile giving a good protective mulch to the roots over the winter to increase the chances of the plants survival[K]. A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around the thin branches of other plants[K]. The flowers, which are borne in terminal cymes, are sweetly scented[245].
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[1]. Germination is sporadic and some seed can take more than 12 months. Pot up the plants when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first 2 winters. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and give some winter protection for their first year or two. Division.
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Readers comment
   Mon Oct 29 03:26:09 2001
You have no idea on the family name for this plant. The answer lies in the common name lily thus Liliaceae
booger   Thu Jun 9 07:11:40 2005

Link: mcdowall ss good place

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