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Dianella revoluta|Black-anther or Spreading Flax-lily

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Dense to open tufting perennial spreading by branched underground stems.
Size (W x H)
0.3-0.8m x 0.5-1.5m
Narrow erect dark green strap leaves, paler on lower surface, 15-65cm x 0.5-1.2cm, sheathed at base. Sheaths reddish. Leaf margins rolled under, finely toothed, midrib smooth.
Open, conical-shaped flowerhead on a stalk taller than leaves, petals spreading to curved back. Berry small, shiny, dark blue.
Flower colour
Blue to violet with anther brown to black, stalk swellings yellow
Flower time
August to May
Growing conditions
Well drained drier clay soils, widespread throughout many plant communities. Snow and frost tolerant. Full sun, partial shade.
Commonly used for
Useful small tufting plants for drier gardens, cottage gardens and rockeries. Grows well under established trees.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory