Dianella admixta

Black-anther Flax-lily

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$4.00 / Gram 212 currently unavailable Denver

General Description: A robust, tufted lily, to 80 cm tall, with large, coarse, narrow leaves and an erect flower stem, exceeding the foliage, of purple flowers. Leaves are dark green above, often pale, blue-green below with a raised midrib and smooth margins.

Flowers and Fruit: Flowers are purple and star-shaped, to 20 mm wide, there are 6 Stamens, with yellow, swollen filaments and black anthers. The fruit is a purple, round, fleshy berry, to 10 mm wide. Flowers from August to May.

Site Preference and Tolerances: This plant is drought tolerant and frost hardy. It grows in most conditions and flowers best in full sun.

Life Span: Medium (20 to 80 years)

Wildlife Value: Fruit attracts a variety of birds, for example the Grey Shrike-thrush. Patches provide habitat for ground-dwelling reptiles and small marsupials.

Other Values and Uses: This is a very attractive feature plant for gardens, especially among rocks, around the base of trees or edging paths. Dianella admixta is also useful for general erosion control. Aboriginal uses included eating the fruit and using it to make dye. The leaves were split and plaited into string to make strong cord. This species is ideal for rockeries and looks effective in groups.

Other Scientific Names: Dianella revoluta

Germination Information: Sow fresh seed which can take up to 4 months to germinate, smoke treatment may increase germination.