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Dianella revoluta

black anther lily I blue flax lily I spreading flax lily

spreading evergreen with attractive purple flower spikes in spring
originnsw, victoria, q'ld, wa, sa & tasmania
cultural notesfast growing, very hardy and long lived. Will grow in full sun or part shade in most soil conditions. Tufted perennial which forms clumps to 1.5 in diameter
maintenanceremove old brown leaves to neaten
toleratesdrought & frost hardy, wet areas and windy sites
flowering seasonlate spring through to summer
flower colourdelicate flowers are mid to dark blue/violet with black anthers and appear in open clusters in Oct-Nov.(Dec-Jan). Flower stalks rise on wiry stems from foliage, frequently exceeding it in height. Attractive blue/purple berries persist months after flowers
foliage colourleathery, long and linear blue green leaves sometimes reddish at base of stem, broad strap-like leaf blades which can grow to 85cm long
widthup to 1.5m
heightup to 2.5m
plant spacing30cm apart for mass planting or 50cm apart for specimen planting
recommended usesprovides long periods of interest in gardens as a decorative specimen or in mass planting, good understorey plant adding texture , bird attracting berries, rockeries, or in a border

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