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Common Name: Scrambling Lily
Flowering plant in Kotara, suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Photograph by: Tony Rodd
Geitonoplesium cymosum is a Evergreen Perennial Climber up to 4.00 metres tall.
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.
Australia - Queensland, New South Wales.
Moist eucalyptus forests, sparse rainforests and creek banks[
|Habit||Evergreen Perennial Climber
Prefers a humus-rich loamy soil[
]. 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[
]. It is likely to require a sunny sheltered position in this country[
This species requires greenhouse protection in Britain[
]. The plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[
] 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[
A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around the thin branches of other plants[
]. The flowers, which are borne in terminal cymes, are sweetly scented[
Young shoots - cooked. They make a fine substitute for asparagus[
The stems of the plant are used as rough ropes[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[
]. 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.