Dianella tasmanica Wyeena ['TAS300'] PP22,196 (Wyeena Flax Lily) - A 30 to 36 inch tall variegated form of the Tasman Flax Lily that was selected for its medium-tall plant height, broad leaf blade and the stability and uniformity of its bold white-striped gray-green variegated leaves. Inflorescence and flower development has not yet been observed on this selection but the species has small flowers that appear in mid spring that have pale violet sepals with white striped green petals and are followed by attractive dark blue berries.
Best in light shade but will take full coastal sun and can take exposed windy locations in clay or sandy soils that are fairly well drained. Give regular to occasional water - the species is often listed as drought tolerant but cannot withstand prolonged dry southern California summers without some irrigation. Dianella tasmanica is among the more frost hardier of the Dianella and this cultivar is listed as being able to handle 20 degrees F without damage. Remove dead leaves as required or cut back every year or two. Should prove a nice plant in the foreground behind other lower plants or as an accent in the garden or as a potted plant.
Dianella tasmanica was first collected in Tasmania in 1837 where it generally grows in moist wooded forests but it is also found along the coast of New South Wales. It was described by the English botanist Joseph Hooker in 1858. The genus is named after Diana, the Roman goddess, of hunting and Queen of the woods and the specific epithet references the first collection of this plant in Tasmania. This plant also has the common name Flax Lily and Blue Berry Flax Lily. These common names come from the durable leaves that can be woven for basketry and other purposes.
The cultivar Wyeena was a seedling selection discovered by Kahn Franke in 1998 at a Wyeena Nursery in Smiths Gully, Victoria, Australia. It was filed for Australian Plant Breeders Rights in March 2007 and received U.S. Plant Patent 22,196 in October 2011. It is marketed in the U.S. by Dig Plant Company. Photos courtesy of Ozbreed. We grew this plant on and off from 2014 unitl 2022.
Information about Dianella tasmanica Wyeena ['TAS300'] PP22,196 displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.