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Black Stick Lily - Xerophtya retinervis - Fresh Seeds

Black Stick Lily - Xerophtya retinervis - Fresh Seeds


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Black Stick Lily - Xerophtya retinervis - Fresh Seeds

Black Stick Lily - Xerophtya retinervis - Fresh Seeds

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Black Stick Lily - Xerophtya retinervis

You are bidding for a packet of 5 seeds of this extremely unusual South African species.

A highly specialised drought tolerant species, the Black Stick Lily spends most of the year looking as if it is dead. When the rains finally come the transformation is miraculous. The plant then has grassy tufts of leaves at the end of the blackened stems and produces a multitude of pink/lilac flowers which look like small lilies. So adapted to this way of life, the plants processes can go from almost completely shut down to full on in 24 - 72 hours after it has received water.

The blackened stems are perfect for surviving bush fires, which is just as well given the number that occur in the areas in which it grows. In areas where it grows it is common, but these populations are scattered. It's only real threat is from over-collection of the stems which are used to grow orchids and other epiphytes.

A fascinating plant at all times, it is slow growing and very hardy. It is tolerant of neglect and extremes of temperature, being hardy to at least minus 12 Centigrade. When cold it does not like to be wet (given that wet conditions bring it into growth). Ideal for pot culture, you could even keep it in a dark and cold shed during the winter as this would keep it dry.

Used by indigenous tribes as a herbal remedy for a diverse range of ailments, mostly concerned with blood based disorders.

Growing Instructions

I always sell seeds that I have experience of growing so the instructions provided represent 1st hand experience. These instructions may change over the course of time (as I find out more about the plants and seeds) but the details that you will be provided with, at purchase, represent the latest version. If you have any questions concerning the culture requirements of this or any other item I am selling please contact me:

I will be happy to provide extra details you require.

Bidding on more than 1 item?

I will always combine shipping wherever this is possible and all auctions finishing within a SEVEN day period will qualify.  If I have not sent an invoice, please e-mail me for a combined invoice when you have finished bidding/buying, doing this will almost certainly save you money. 

Due to the varying weights of the seeds it is not possible to apply a standard discount without overcharging for the majority of cases.  Additionally I cannot apply a postal discount unless PayPal payments are combined.

General Disclaimer

All seeds sold are fresh and are stored in conditions suitable to promote the viability of that particular type of  seed.  All plants are guaranteed to be free from disease when supplied. 

Germinating seeds and growing plants are subject to many other factors including the conditions under which they are raised (including but not limited to: Light, moisture, soil, humidity) and the skill of the individual grower.  As the vendor, such  factors are completely outside of my control and all seeds and plants are supplied on this basis.


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Postage & Handling

International customers - streamlined postage for all seed orders

I will now only be charging two rates for postage for all orders of seeds REGARDLESS of the number of packs bought.

  1. European Rate
  2. Rest of World Rate

Once these rates roll out across my listings, I will once more 'trust' the automated check out process, to make things simpler

These new rates reflects the fact that I use PayPal postage for all my orders and these are the rates I need to charge to use this service

This should allow me to dispatch your orders more rapidly than before as I will not need to visit the Post Office for the majority of the orders, normally inside 24 hours - although at busy times this may take a little longer

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