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Dianella ensifolia - Umbrella Dracaena
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: Asia, Southeastern (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Dianella ensifolia (Umbrella Dracaena) - This plant is quite different from the other Dianella that we grow, looking more like bamboo with tall (4 to 6 feet) cane-like stems that are topped with fans of short strap-shaped leaves. The flowers are a pale lavender blue and are followed by small round blue fruit.

Plant in the shade or in morning sun and water occasionally. Has proven hardy to at least 18 F. Although a little harder to use in the garden because of its size, it is a must as a curiosity or specimen plant.

Dianella ensifolia is a terrestrial plant grows in grasslands, or primary rainforests in tropical areas from southern China, India, Japan, Madagascar, Malesia and Pacific Islands. The genus is named after Diana, the Roman goddess, of hunting and Queen of the woods and the specific epithet is from Latin words meaning "sword" and "leaves" in regard the sword-shaped leaves of the plant. We have grown this interestingly attractive plant since 1994. 

This information about Dianella ensifolia displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.

 
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