The Variegated Flax Lily shrub, Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’, is the perfect compact shrub for borders or foundations in your landscape looking for a pop of color.
This evergreen perennial has sword-like leaves with green and white striped edges and a contrasting yellow stripe that appears when the green leaves emerge. Small star-shaped flowers of a lavender color transform the textured foliage into a softer version in early spring. From fall to winter, this shrub will produce dark blue berries for birds to feast on. These ornamental berries create a wonderfully colorful accent.
Dianella variegated will stay small and dense making it the perfect border plant around edges in your garden, as an accent plant in rocks gardens or under trees, or mass planted by pools or garden beds. This type of ornamental grass has a spreading growth habit and will attract bees and butterflies to your yard. It is commonly used in flower arrangements. Plus, they’re deer resistant!
Variegated Flax Lily Care
Dianella flax lily plant prefers partial sun to full shade and can tolerate a variety of soil types. It is okay to plant it in a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade. Moist, well drained soils are best for this low maintenance plant and it will thrive with organically rich soil. The Dianella plant will tolerate clay soil.
Grow this evergreen shrub across the southern United States in USDA growing zones 8-11. If you live in an area that gets colder weather, you may grow the flax lily in a container and bring it indoors for the winter. The Dianella Flax Lily is tolerant of salt spray and drought tolerant once established. Perfect for coastal plantings that need a tropical vibe!
Water thoroughly and keep the soil consistently moist the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Prune this flax lily plant as desired when needed. Deadhead spent flower stalks or blooms and old foliage as new variegated leaves emerge. The clumping habit of this strap leafed perennial plant will need to be divided every year or two or when it outgrows its planting site. The fast growing plant may die down after frost but well established flax lilies will flush back out in spring. Fertilize at the base of the plant during the growing season.
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Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'
- Unique foliage
- Low maintenance
- Salt spray tolerant
- Great for borders