Dianella amoena

Matted Flax-lily

Tufted mat-forming perennial spreading from extensive, slightly fleshy underground stems.

Additional information

  • 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 ©

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