Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' - Tasmanian Flax Lily

Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' (Tasmanian Flax Lilygrows up to 2 foot tall. I plant it for its bold white striped leaves as it makes a nice accent as an edging plant. The local florist has often times used it in their bridal bouquet.

The Tasmanian Flax Lily has strappy green leaves edged with contrasting white stripes. It is thus grown primarily for its bold beautiful foliage.

ts a low-maintenance plant and can survive relatively long periods without watering. 


As it grows best in light shade I planted at the base of a Lipstick Palm Tree (Cyrtostachys renda)



The flowers are small, with alternating baby blue sepals and white striped green petals.  Dark blue berries may form after flowering.

I'm amazed that butterflies can find this tiny flowers interesting while there are many other bold and attractive flowers around.


On the left, a container of Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' placed next to Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant)


Chlorophytum comosum thriving at the base of a Bougainvillea plant.

An Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis), perched on the rim of a container with the Tasmanian Flax Lily in the background.

Tasha looking bewildered when the Magpie-Robin flew off as she approached. She loves chasing birds and gets extremely vexed when her efforts were in vain.

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