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Dianella tasmanica - Hook.f.

Common Name Flax Lily
Family Phormiaceae
USDA hardiness 8-9
Known Hazards The fruit of this species can cause irritation to the digestive tract[193].
Habitats Forests[265].
Range Australia - Tasmania, Victoria.
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Dianella tasmanica Flax Lily


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Summary

Bloom Color: Blue. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Dianella tasmanica is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Basketry  Fibre

A very strong silky fibre is obtained from the leaves[154]. The leaves are also used in making baskets[193].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Woodland garden. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in sun or dappled shade[200]. Requires a well-drained neutral to acid soil[188]. Requires a sunny sheltered position when grown outdoors in Britain[175]. Although not very cold-tolerant, this species can survive in sheltered stable environments in dappled shade, such as a woodland, if temperatures do not drop far below zero for long periods[200].

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Propagation

Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in luke-warm water and then sow in spring in gentle heat in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 25°c[175]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two years. When large enough, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division as the plants come into growth in the spring[188]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Tasman Flax-lily

Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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