Variegated Flax Lily Shrub

Variegated Flax Lily Shrub

2 reviews
  • Unique foliage

  • Low maintenance

  • Salt spray tolerant

  • Great for borders

Regular price $24.95

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X


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!


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.

Buy the Dianella tasmanica Variegated Flax Lily for sale to add visual interest in your landscape with light blue flowers in the springtime.

Shipping information

Once your Variegated Flax Lily Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'

Partial Sun / Partial Shade

Foliage Color

Mature Width
1-3 ft

Mature Height
1-2 ft

Growing Zones 8, 9, 10, 11

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Paul K.

Seem to be doing well

Patsy G.

Love the plants. Shipping was good.

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