Scientific name: Dianella tasmanica
Description and Characteristics:
Perennial herb commonly known as the Tasman Flax-lily or Tasmanian Flax-lily.
The genus name (Dianella
) is derived from the Roman goddess Diana the Roman goddess, of hunting and Queen of the woods, with a diminutive suffix -ella
. Common to Australia and Tasmania. In Australia they are collectively called the Flax lilies, which hints at their relationship to New Zealand Flax.
Spring to summer, medium blue color. Stalks of shiny turquoise blue berries last from fall into winter.
Sun to partial shade, drought-tolerant.
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested