Tufted mat-forming perennial spreading from extensive, slightly fleshy underground stems.
- SynonymDianella sp. nov.
- FamilyAsphodelaceae (syn. Hemerocallidaceae, Liliaceae, Phormiaceae)
- StoreyLower storey
- Sizeto 40 cm x up to 5 m
- Plant groupingLilies & Irises
- LeavesNarrow tapering grey-green leaves to 40 cm, often dull crimson at base, margins and midrib with small irregularly spaced teeth.
- Flower colourPale to deep violet. Anthers pale yellow with orange base.
- Flowering timeSummer
- FlowersSmall loosely-branched flowerheads of scented flowers on slender stems 20-90 cm high. Fruit small round off white to dark blue berries.
- Bird attractingBerries
- Butterfly attractingNo
- Frog habitatNo
- Growing conditionsWinter wet, summer dry soil in grassy woodland. Full sun, semi-shade.
- Garden useAn attractive matting plant for moist areas which dry out. Can be grown as an understorey in a lightly treed area.
- Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
- Conservation statusEndangered within Victoria, at risk of extinction. Occurs in a few sites within the Shire.
- Aboriginal Use Food - berries when ripe, seeds chewed; Leaves - basket making, plaiting into cords
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Peter Kinchington ©; 2 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©