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Products > Dianella tasmanica Blaze ['NPW2'] PP23,084
Dianella tasmanica Blaze ['NPW2'] PP23,084 - Blaze Tasman 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)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Dianella tasmanica Blaze ['NPW2'] PP23,084 (Blaze Tasman Flax Lily) - A strap-leafed perennial with clumps to 2 feet tall by 30 inches wide with fans of broad, sword-like foliage that has a smooth texture and a glossy sheen. The leaves are green to bronze in summer and are supposed to turn a deep purple-maroon as weather cools in the fall and through winter - unfortunately this does not happen for us in southern California where the leaves remain green and so the plant looks quite similar year-round to the species, Dianella tasmanica, which we also grow. In spring to early summer fall appear the branched inflorescence that rise just above the foliage with blue flowers that contrast well against the darker inflorescence. As with the species this plant spreads by rhizomes and in the right situation can colonize a planter bed but this cultivar is not only smaller but slower growing than typical Dianella tasmanica. Plant in full coastal sun to with regular irrigation or part shade where it can be irrigated less often getting by with only occasional to infrequent irrigation. It is hardy to about 20 F. This plant is marketed in Australia as a good replacement for New Zealand flax (Phormium sp.) in hot areas where the flax often burn. This plant is a naturally occurring spontaneous mutation of Dianella tasmanica Tasred ['TR20'] PP18,737 that was discovered in 2005 by Phillip Dowling of Native Plant Wholesalers in Mount Gambier, South Australia. It is marketed in the US by Dig Plant Company. Because this plant did not turn red in cooler weather for us we discontinued production of it in 2015 - perhaps in a nother climate this plant will repsond differently but since we don't see it happening, it makes it hard to recommend others try it.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Dianella tasmanica Blaze ['NPW2'].