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Dianella tasmanica|Tasman Flax-lily

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Very robust tufted perennial forming a large clump, spreading vigorously from strong yellow underground stems.
Size (W x H)
0.5-2m x 0.6-1.5m
Broad dark green strap leaves 20-95cm x 2-4cm, standing erect. Sheathed at base. Regularly and prominently teethed on margins and midrib of lower surface.
Strong, many-branched flowerhead, generally taller than leaves, with many flowers, petals spreading to bent backwards. Berry shiny, smooth, purple.
Flower colour
Blue with pale yellow anthers shorter than swollen dark yellow stalk
Flower time
August to February
Growing conditions
Moist soil in cool sheltered mountain and foothill forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Semi shade to full shade.
Commonly used for
Vigorous tuft for planting under established trees. Spreads less vigorously in drier conditions. Leaves will burn in full sun. Other forms are becoming commercially available.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
Attracts frogs
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory