The Blandfordia grandiflora is a perennial native to south-east Australia, and comes from the lily family. This plant flowers mainly in late December, giving its common name the Large Christmas bell, and has bright red and yellow tipped clusters of flowers.
Blandfordia is a small genus of four species all confined to south-eastern Australia. They are slow-growing, grass-like plants with narrow leaves and bell-shaped flowers produced on stems arising from the centre of the clump.
Most of the flowers are red with yellow tips, although all-yellow flowers sometimes appear as well. The flowers grow in clusters of three to nine, and are about five cm in length.
In the wild the species is classed as Endangered by the Queensland Government.
The species was named after the Marquis of Blandford, by the botanist and collector, Sir James Edward Smith in 1804. Smith was a friend of Kew’s first Director, Sir Joseph Banks, and founder of the Linnean Society, which is the world’s oldest active biological society.