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Products > Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'
 
Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' - White Striped Tasman Flax Lily
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Running
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' (White Striped Tasman Flax Lily) - A beautiful strap-leafed perennial with clumps to 18 to 24 inches tall bearing fans of rich green leaves with bold white longitudinal stripes and a finely serrated leaf margin. The small flowers, which appear in mid spring, 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. It is hardy to about 20 F. This plant is sometimes thought of as invasive but this is typically in a well irrigated garden but it is extremely useful in dry shade where it imparts a somewhat tropical look. Its foliage, flowers and berries can all be used in flower arrangements. The genus is named after Diana, the Roman goddess, of hunting and Queen of the woods and the specific epithet is a reference to this species being from the island of Tasnmania, but it is also found on the mainland in southeastern Australia.  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 also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'.
 
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