538B Dianella sp. aff. caerulea (West Gippsland) David Lockwood, Royal Botanic Gardens Board.jpg

Dianella sp. aff. caerulea (West Gippsland)

Paroo Lily, Tall Flax-lily

Single erect tuft or sparsely clumping perennial herb with fibrous roots.

Additional information

  • SynonymDianella laevis var. aspera
  • FamilyAsphodelaceae (syn. Hemerocallidaceae, Liliaceae, Phormiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-0.5 m x 0.3-1 m
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesNarrow dark green leaves 10-25 cm x 5-17 mm, on branching stems. Leaf sheath closely folded and fused. Irregularly minutely saw-toothed on margins and midrib on lower surface.
  • Flower colourPale to dark blue. Anthers yellow-brown, swollen stamen stalk yellow.
  • Flowering timeAugust to February
  • FlowersLoose, few-flowered branching flower stem, held erect above leaves. Flowers to 20 mm wide, petals and sepals spreading. Distinctive violet to purple anthers. Berries blue.
  • Bird attractingBerries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained moist soils in foothill forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun to dappled shade.
  • Garden useAn interesting erect lily for shady moist positions under established trees or as a clumping low hedge.
  • Commercially availableGenerally. Plants in general nurseries seldom local forms.
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Leaves - basket making, plaiting into cords
  • Related speciesMore closely related to D. tasmanica. Will probably be raised to species level in the future.
Photographer/s: David Lockwood, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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