Dianella tasmanica - Blue flax lily
Family Phormiaceae (Hemerocallidaceae by some)
This is a genus of about 25 species widely distributed in
the Old World tropics from Africa to Polynesia.
Blue flax lily is a small, grass-like plant from Australia
is closely related to New
Zealand flax. Like New Zealand flax, long fibers are harvested
from the leaves. These fibers and entire leaves have been used in weaving. Flowers
are small and borne on spikes held above the foliage. The small fruits are
The green type is cultivar ‘Becca.’ It can be seen on the
east side of building 3. Another type on campus has variegated leaves, green
with a white stripe along the leaf margins. Each is pictured above.
See plants on the west and southeast sides of Building 1, east side of building 3.
Herbaceous plant with leaves twelve to eighteen inches tall.
Light: sun to shade
Water: moderately drought tolerant when established, irrigation is beneficial during prolonged droughts
Soil: widely adaptable to soils
Blue flax lily is sturdy and easy to use in the north Florida landscape. It is evergreen to the mid-20’s F. Below that, it dies to the ground and resprouts in spring.