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Products > Dianella prunina Rainbow Twist ['DPV308'] PP21,281
Dianella prunina Rainbow Twist ['DPV308'] PP21,281 - Rainbow Twist Flax Lily

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Flower Color: Blue Violet
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Dianella prunina Rainbow Twist ['DPV308'] PPAF (Rainbow Twist Flax Lily) - A medium-sized rhizomatous flax lily that grows to 18 inches tall with very attractive blue-green leaves with a contrasting reddish-purple edge that bleeds into a narrow cream margin which surrounds the center of the leaf. The leaf also twists to expose both sides of the leaf from any angle. Though we have not seen this plant flower, it likely will be similar to its parent with tall stems of blue-violet yellow-anthered flowers rising to nearly 2 feet above the foliage. Plant in full sun to light shade. Tolerates regular garden irrigation to dry conditions and can go extended periods without irrigation but does not do well in overly wet heavy soils. The parent reported hardy in England to 11 F. Plant slightly elevated to prevent crown becoming buried. Dianella prunina has a native range throughout the sandstone areas of the Sydney Basin. Its typical form is very large but this selection is more compact and bushy. This was a spontaneous variegated mutation of the non-variegated Dianella prunina Utopia ['DP303'] that was selected by Greg Lowe in Tumbi Umbi, NSW in 2006. It compares otherwise in all respects nearly identically to the parent plant with the exception that the leaves on average are slightly narrower (15.4 mm compared to 17.5 mm for Utopia). It's application for Plant Breeders Rights in Australia was accepted on August 6, 2008 and it is in the process of receiving a US Plant Patent (PPAF). This plant is marketed in the US by Ozbreed. Image courtesy of Ozbreed.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Dianella prunina Rainbow Twist.