Dianella Plants or Flax Lily. Dianella are a widely used strappy leaf plant with landscaping applications and are a great alternative to New Zeland Flax..
With over 15 species such as Dianella revoluta, Dianella caerulea (Paroo lily) and Dianella tasmanica being native to Australia they are widely used in revegetation projects and roadside situations. All species are best described as a flowering tufting grass or strappy leaf plant.
A desirable plant in both major landscaping projects and the home garden, tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, drought and frost resistant, nice foliage, flowers and reportedly edible fruits in the form of berries from some species.
Commonly found in the bushland in eastern Australia, Dianella are becoming increasingly popular as a garden plan where a clump forming plant with a grass-like appearance is required.
Dianella do not like wet feet, and once established are virtually drought tolerant. Dianella caerulea is a great plant, drought tolerant and able to cope with a variety of conditions.
Sometimes referred to as Flax Lilies, some species of can form clumps up to one metre in diameter.
All species are suitable for us as a border plant in rockeries or cottage gardens, even a small hedge.
Varieties, Species and Cultivars
With over 30 species being native to Australia including:
- D. tasmanica or ‘Tasmanian Flax Lily’ a native of tasmania to
- D. revoluta ‘blue flax-lily’ or ‘blueberry lily’ which is found from Western Australia across to Queensland.
- D. prunina which is found in NSW is a drought tolerant species once established and has nice blue foliage however it can become somewhat leggy.
- D. prunina ‘Utopia’ has a more compact growth habit and is ideal for pots or containers as well as mass planting.
- D. caerulea or ‘Paroo Lily’ will grow to about .5m.
- D. longifolia or ‘Smooth Flax Lily’ is clump forming to about 80cm.
Other species include: D. atraxis, D. brevipedunculata and the relatively newly identified species D. tenuissima.
Dianella Plants are available for sale from the following participating nurseries
146 Dignams Crk Rd via Narooma NSW 2546
Tubestock - [50mm forestry tubes and 70mm supertubes] specializing in Bush Tucker Plants , Natives indigenous to the NSW South Coast , Permaculture Plants - Fruits, Nuts & Berries .
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
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