Spreading Flax-lily, Murmbal (Koori name), Black-anther Flax-lily, Blueberry Lily, Blue Flax-lily, Spreading Flax-lily., Eastern Flax-lily, Flax Lily, Slender Flax-lily, Snow-gum Flax-lily.
Up to 1m.
Presence in Australia
In most areas of region. Less common in higher rainfall areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Sclerophyll forest, woodland and mallee.
Tufted perennial herb to 1m high, forming mats with fibrous roots. Strap-like leaves to 85cm long.
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.
Dark blue or violet flowers with black anthers, chiefly Sep-Feb.
Late Dec to mid Jan when ripe berries pale blue. Seeds remain viable for 6-12 months.
From fresh seed; by division (which is easy), or from aerial growths. Hasten germination by removing fleshy fruit from seed and ferment 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.