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Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'


Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'

Family Name: Asphodelaceae
Common Name: Tasman Flax-lily, Variegated Flax Lily

This slow-growing herb is well-suited for dry and shady areas including under trees.


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Compact
Maximum Height 0.5 m to 0.6 m

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Perennial herb up to 0.9 m tall.
Foliage The linear leaves are mostly green with cream-coloured leaf margins.
Stems It has an underground, horizontal stem known as a rhizome.
Flowers Small blue flowers with bright yellow anthers (the pollen-bearing structures) are borne on a branched inflorescence known as a panicle.
Fruits The fruit is a round, shiny metallic blue berry (~1 cm wide). This cultivar does not fruit as much as the species.
Taxonomy This variegated cultivar is similar to the species except that it tends to fruit less.
Cultivation It is susceptible to powdery mildew and leaf spot diseases. It grows well under trees.
Etymology The genus 'Dianella' originates from Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting. The specific epithet 'tasmanica' originates from Tasmania, a country which is part of the species' native range.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought
Landscape Uses Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Slow


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Linear)
Foliar Venation Parallel
Foliar Margin Serrulate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate
Foliar Base Clasping
Typical Foliar Area Mesophyll ( 45cm2 - 182.25 cm2 ), Macrophyll ( 182.25cm2 - 1640.25 cm2 )
Typical Foliar Size To 0.9
Typical Foliar Size Unit m
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Purple, Blue
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Stellate / Star-shaped
Flower Size - Width 1.6 cm

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Blue, Purple
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny, Smooth
Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Fleshy Fruit
Fruit Type 2 Berry

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Master ID 635
Species ID 1930
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 31 May 2023.