Smooth Flax-lily, Pale Flax-lily, Smooth-leaved Flax-lily, Greater Blueberry lily, Blueberry Lily, Blue Flax-lily, Smooth Flax-lily., Dianella Longifolia, Flax Lily, Flax-lily.
Dianella longifolia, Dianella laevis.
Presence in Australia
Noted in most areas of region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Tufted perennial herb with fleshy-fibrous or tuberous roots. Strap-like leaves to 80cm long and inflorescence beyond foliage up to 1.5m high. Globular pale blue berries.
Prefers protected position in moist, well-drained soil and semi-shade. Tolerates frost. Resents extended wet periods.
Hardy. Long-lived once established. Susceptible to heavy grazing.
Pale blue flowers with orange or yellow anthers, Sep-Feb.
Late Dec to mid Jan when ripe berries pale blue. Seeds remain viable for 6-12 months.
From seed (preferably fresh); by division (which is easy), or from aerial growths. Remove fleshy fruit from seeds before sowing by soaking in sugary solution.
Good habitat. Seed-eating birds attracted to berries.
Tough leaves yield silky fibre which Kooris used for baskets and cord.
Attractive ornamental for rockeries, groundcover, mingling with small shrubs, containers and under trees.
Edible fruit tasty.