• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs occasional watering; supplement in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing, grass-like foliage to 3 1/2 ft. tall and 1 ft.. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bright Foliage for Light Shade
    Blooms:
    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.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Blue
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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 PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Azalea (Azalea); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Tree Fern (Dicksonia antarctica); Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Brunfelsia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, well-drained soils; tolerates clay. Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. Best in light shade; takes more sun in cool or coastal regions. Handles dry shade when established. For a neat appearance, prune old foliage as new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2-3 years in early spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional watering; supplement in extreme heat.
  • 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.