Variegated Flax Lily
Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'
Full shade, Partial shade
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||di-NEL-la tas-MAN-i-ca|
|Lore||As a medicine for colds, the Ngarrindjeri, an aboriginal tribe of Tasmania chewed the root of Dianella.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing, grass-like foliage, reaches 3 1/2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide.|
|Design Ideas||With 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Mass Planting, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Dry Shade|
|Light Needs||Full shade, Partial shade|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Shade Loving, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Bright Foliage for Light Shade|
Thrives 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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 10