Variegated Flax Lily
Variegated Flax Lily
Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'Item #3134 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
Handsome, strappy, green leaves with contrasting yellow stripes will brighten the garden year-round. Stalks of shiny, turquoise blue, ornamental berries persist from fall into winter to create a colorful accent. Its tidy clumping habit is ideal for mass planting near pools, in garden beds and in borders. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing, grass-like foliage, reaches 3 1/2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:di-NEL-la tas-MAN-i-caPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing, grass-like foliage, reaches 3 1/2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:SummerFlower color:BlueFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign 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 PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Azalea (Azalea); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Tree Fern (Dicksonia antarctica); Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Brunfelsia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in organically rich, well-drained soils; tolerates clay. Best with some shade in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Remove spent flower stalks and old foliage as new leaves emerge. Divide if needed in early spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.