Dianella tasmanica, the Tasmanian Flax Lily, is endemic to the states of Victoria and coastal New South Wales as well as Tasmania. A delightful and rewarding plant, it is an evergreen rhizomatous perennial with green strappy sword-shaped leaves that relatively quickly forms a large clump resembling a miniature Phormium. The foliage is softer in texture to a Phormium and a richer shade of green and is sometimes suffused at the base - particularly in Autumn - with a reddish colouration.
Essentially a foliage plant, Dianella tasmanica does have interesting small dark-blue flowers in the summer which are followed by violet-blue berries.
In the UK, Dianella tasmanica does best in a warm and sheltered position in sun with dappled or part-shade. It appreciates a rich well-drained but moist soil and will quickly form a handsome clump. Highly recommended.
|Synonyms||Dianella archeri, Dianella densa, Dianella hookeri, Dianella divaricata f. dentifera, Dianella tasmanica var. gigantea, Dianella tasmanica f. laevis|
|Geographical Origin||Australia: Tasmania, Victoria and coastal NSW|
|Cultivation||Sun to dappled shade. A humus-rich moist soil|
|Hardiness||Hardy in most of the British Isles if given a warm, sheltered position. In colder areas it will benefit from fleecing during the worst of the winter frosts|
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