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Dianella longifolia var. longifolia

Pale Flax-lily

Upright, narrowly tufted perennial, usually single clumps or with short underground stems. Clumps sometimes fan-shaped at base.

Additional information

  • SynonymDianella laevis
  • FamilyAsphodelaceae (syn. Hemerocallidaceae, Liliaceae, Phormiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-0.8 m x 0.5 m
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesSpreading bright green strap leaves 20-80 cm x 4-12 mm, V-shaped or Y-shaped in cross section, usually smooth on edges and midrib, not sheathed at base. Bases often purplish.
  • Flower colourPale blue. Pale yellow anthers, orange swelling on stalk
  • Flowering timeAugust to January
  • FlowersOpen flowerheads, petals spreading to slightly turned back, flower stem higher than leaves. Berries shiny pale to mid blue. Flowers open in afternoon.
  • Bird attractingBerries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soil in drier forests and woodlands. Frost tolerant. Full sun semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive clumping plant for rockeries, cottage gardens and underplanting of established trees.
  • Commercially availableGenerally. Plants in general nurseries seldom local forms.
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Food - berries, when ripe, seeds chewed; leaves - basket making, plaiting into cords; roots - medicine
  • Related speciesDianella sp. aff. laevis (Montrose). Dianella sp. aff. laevis (Benambra) (syn D. longifolia var. grandis) has broader leaves, to 25 mm wide with reddish sheaths. Flowers are greenish-white to pale blue. Occurs by the Don R. near Launching Place.
Photographer/s: 1, 4, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Cathy Powers ©; 3 Colleen Miller ©

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