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DIANELLA tasmanica 'Variegata'

Image of Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

DIANELLA tasmanica 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Variegated Blueberry Flax, Variegated Tasmanian Flax Lily

General Description

Variegated Tasmanian flax lily is an evergreen perennial native to southeastern Australia and Tasmania. It is primarily grown for its attractive, arching strap-like foliage that is dark green with ivory stripes. The leaves grow from thick rhizomes that spread to form broad clumps or colonies. In late spring and summer it produces delicate branched stems that rise above the foliage. These hold very small lavender-blue or white flowers. Each nodding bloom is star-shaped and has a spray of yellow anthers in the center. These are followed by round, berry-like fruits of violet-blue that persist on the stem for a long time.

This tender plant is easy to grow. It prefers partial sun to shade and average soil with good drainage. Where summers are mild it will tolerate full sun, and it is moderately drought tolerant once established. In frost-free climates it can be grown has a landscape perennial, massed as a groundcover or added to a mixed shaded border. In colder zones it is best enjoyed as a tender perennial or container specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    24"-48" / 61.0cm - 121.9cm

  • Width

    18"-48" / 45.7cm - 121.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Australia, New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Blue, Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes