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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.
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Geitonoplesium cymosum Scrambling Lily

Geitonoplesium cymosum Scrambling Lily


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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 species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is 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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Found In

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Weed Potential

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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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