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Dianella revoluta var. revoluta

Black-anther or Spreading Flax-lily

Dense to open tufting perennial spreading by branched underground stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymDianella admixta
  • FamilyAsphodelaceae (syn. Hemerocallidaceae, Liliaceae, Phormiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-0.8 m x 0.5-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesNarrow erect dark green strap leaves, paler on lower surface, 15-65 cm x 0.5-1.2 cm, sheathed at base. Sheaths reddish. Leaf margins rolled under, finely toothed, midrib smooth.
  • Flower colourBlue to violet. Anther brown to black, stalk swellings yellow.
  • Flowering timeAugust to May
  • FlowersOpen, conical-shaped flowerhead on a stalk taller than leaves, petals spreading to curved back. Berry small, shiny, dark blue.
  • Bird attractingBerries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained drier clay soils, widespread throughout many plant communities. Snow and frost tolerant. Full sun, partial shade.
  • Garden useUseful small tufting plants for drier gardens, cottage gardens and rockeries. Grows well under established trees.
  • Commercially availableGenerally. Plants in general nurseries seldom local forms.
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Food - berries, when ripe, seeds chewed; blue dye; leaves - basket making, plaiting into cords
  • Related speciesSpecies name returned to D. revoluta as D. admixta is not clearly distinct.
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 K. Hofert/SYR ©

Plant Communities

  • 01 Alpine Ash Montane Damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 25 Long-leaf Box Grassy Dry Forest - Southern Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 03 Narrow-leaf Peppermint Montane damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 28 Red Box Grassy Dry Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 22)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 31 Candlebark Grassy Forest (EVC 128)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 32 Silvertop Ash Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC 45)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 42 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 47)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 46 Silvertop Ash Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
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