• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing, grass-like foliage to 3 1/2 ft. tall and 1 ft.. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Shade Loving
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:di-NEL-la tas-MAN-i-ca
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, grass-like foliage to 3 1/2 ft. tall and 1 ft.. wide.
    Special features:Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleTropical
    Design IdeasWith its narrow, reed-like foliage and a bonus of variegation, this plant is dramatic in natural gardens, with Asian themes or as a stark vertical texture in the spare, modern landscape. Highlighted stripes suggest sun dappling. Contrasts well against very large-leafed, shade-loving shrubs and bronze-colored plants.
    Companion PlantsA welcome grass-like, shade-garden plant combining perfectly with the fronds of Tasmanian Tree Fern (Dicksonia antarctica) and Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda'). Complements Crimson Queen Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen'), Merritt's Beauty Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Merritt's Beauty'), with its showy carmine-red flower clusters, and the white and yellow Dawn Chorus Exbury Hybrid Azalea (Azalea 'Dawn Chorus' Exbury Hybrid).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant is grouped into the immense family of lilies, Liliaceae. This little known genus, Dianella contains about 25 species of herbaceous plants native from east tropical Africa and Madagascar to China, Australia and the South Pacific. It was named and classified by the French botanist, Jean Baptist Lamarck, 1744-1829 probably from plants obtained through French Polynesia. This species is attributed to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1817-1911, the English explorer and plant collector for the botanic gardens at Kew, and would later become director here. Hooker likely collected the plant from Tasmania which inspired the species name.
    Lore:
    As a medicine for colds, the Ngarrindjeri, an aboriginal tribe of Tasmania chewed the root of Dianella.