Named for George Spencer Churchill, Marquis of Blandford, 5th Duke of Marlborough (1766–1840), a patron of horticulture.
Perennial, rosette herbs with short rhizomes and more or less fleshy roots. Leaves perennial in a rosette, sheathing, linear. Flowers bisexual, bell-shaped, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks not articulated. Inflorescences terminal, erect, few- to many- flowered racemes.Tepals 3+3, fused into a tube. Stamens 3+3, equal, attached to tube. Fruit a capsule. Seeds ovoid, brown, furry.
Grown for the spectacular colourful bell-shaped flowers and preferring moist, sandy or peaty soils.
4 species endemic to eastern subtropical and temperate Australia and Tas.
The rosette leaves from short rhizomes, and racemes of large bell-shaped pendulous red to yellow flowers.
Ingram (1965), Porter et al. (1992).
Source: (2005). Blandfordiaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.