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Dianella, Tasman Flax Lily, Tasmanian Flax Lily 'Variegata'

Dianella tasmanica

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianella (dy-an-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: tasmanica (tas-MAN-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Mobile, Alabama

Calistoga, California

San Jose, California

Van Nuys, California

Auburndale, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Crawfordville, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (3 reports)

Fort Pierce, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Inverness, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Lake Panasoffkee, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Lehigh Acres, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Smyrna, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Papaaloa, Hawaii

Lafayette, Indiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Deridder, Louisiana

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana (2 reports)

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Bellaire, Texas

Belton, Texas

Bryan, Texas (2 reports)

Galveston, Texas

Grapevine, Texas

Highlands, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spring, Texas (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 21, 2015, kdlady from Smyrna, GA wrote:

I am in Zone 7b and I was surprised when this plant came back in the Spring. I had given it no additional protection assuming it would not make it through the freezes in No. Georgia. Since it came up very late, and was very slow to recover for the season, I now have a nice sized plant in a container that I will bring inside when it gets below freezing and put it back outside when the weather warms.


On May 19, 2015, docaly from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Since moving from central FL almost 9 years ago where I first discovered Dianella, I have been seeing this plant everywhere in the Austin, TX area. It thrives in the very hot and dry TX heat, doesn't seem to mind it in dappled light or direct afternoon sun. It even does well in spite of some fairly cold nights.

As a test environment, I put it in my front and back yards and put it on ignore with annual rain and summer drip (1x per week), average. It's very happy. Like someone else said in FL nurseries, we can't seem to keep it in stock in Austin, either!

I would suggest that zones 8a and 8b be added to the areas where this does quite well. It's a great overall plant!


On Jun 16, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very striking foliage on this plant. Easily available in the Houston area and I see it planted in many places, to the point it might become overused, like photinias or Knockout roses. I think the details should be modified to say it is hardy to zone 9a. Low water, high water, low sun, high sun, it seems to take it all in stride.

The flower is completely insignificant. I have posted a picture of the flower zoomed to the nth degree--and it is pretty. But in reality, the flower is so irrelevant on this plant that it looks like debris when you walk by it. I systematically cut the stalks off b/c they take away from the overall beauty of the plant.


On May 5, 2013, MetaLark from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have the variegated flax lily growing in a shady spot--but with a little dappling of sunlight part of the day. It is a very slow grower, and I nearly lost it one year due to overwatering. But now, at four years, it is looking beautiful, and I tell it so every day.



On Feb 8, 2012, TRUNK from North Andrews Gardens, FL wrote:

North Andrews Gardens Neighborhood - Oakland Park Florida. I love using this plant.It has become my new favorite plant to use. It feels light and gives the illusion that a small garden is larger. I am currently designing a pond and using this Variegated Flax as a 3 foot buffer so far. Thsi is a work in progress... with pygmy date palms


On Jun 20, 2011, yaxis132 wrote:

I grow mine here in St Pete, FL in full, all day Florida sun. It is in an extremely hot and dry part of the landscape with very well drained sandy soil. It has never once suffered, and I planted it in the heat of the early summer and never once have added supplemental water except during the first week. It never browns and doesn't seem to be affected by our mild winter weather (to about 32 deg F a few days each year). i am so impressed at it's easy upkeep that i just bought 15 more for the areas where nothing else will grow. the blooms are non-descript at best, bit the foliage is striking and healthy. A++


On Apr 4, 2011, spaceman_spiff from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Just planted four "clumps" of this plant, after having been given them by a neighbor down the street. I must say I'm surprised to see the several comments stating that it should be in partial shade and not full sun; the neighbor who gave them to me (lives only 4 or 5 houses down) said it thrives in full sun (and when we say "full sun" in Florida when mean FULL SUN). So ... I planted all four of the clumps in spots that are mostly in sun all day long. I guess I'll find out how much the plant likes it as the eternal torturous summer approaches....


On May 26, 2010, Kiyzersoze from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I love this plant. Never has dead leaves that need cutting, is almost always always in bloom, doesn't take over, and is pretty much care free. If you are using it to fill in an area it will take a while. It is not quick to spread.


On Oct 24, 2009, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is marketed here in central SC, and the tags say cold hardy to zone 8a. My flax lilies turned to mush during this past winter, but they are still green and firm at their base. I'm hoping they'll return quickly this spring - if not, they aren't a good choice for my neck of the woods.
Update July 2010 - After a very cold winter my flax lilies have returned and are about 1' in length . Variegated japanese iris has a similar look and is better suited for my area.


On May 12, 2008, yardchick wrote:

As a landscape designer I have used this plant a few times in plans. I too love it's many attributes from color to drought tolerance. The one significant problem we have with it here is Rust. I know of designers here who won't use it because of this problem.


On Feb 15, 2008, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

I've grown this lovely plant for several years in the Houston area under appropriate cultural conditions. I am plagued with heavy scale infestation which is much worse in shadier conditions. As an organic gardener, I am unwilling to use systemic insecticides and so far, horticultural oil has not helped. I am considering removing nearly all of these large, lovely plants because they've become so unsightly. This is extremely disappointing.


On Dec 4, 2006, Dinu from Mysore,
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is an absolutely striking plant for its brilliant foliage! It looks esp. lovely if a clump is grown on top of a small mound of lawn. I have seen this as part of a design in many a landscaping.

I have mine in the ground (it broke off the pot I grew in within 2 years) and I must say it is doing great and it does not ask for much water. It has not been attacked by any pest so far.


On Jul 25, 2006, figgybonsai from Lakeland, FL wrote:

I work at a large nursery here in town and I must say that as hard as we have tried we cant keep it in stock, even in this sweltering summer heat it is thriving.


On May 16, 2006, shel from Van Nuys, CA wrote:

Grows well in extremely dry conditions with no direct sun at all, but in bright shade. The variegation on the leaves got a very pretty pink cast to them after one year. Going into the second year with it,seems to mutiply by expanding clumps, so I have repotted it.


On Apr 14, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've not had much success with this plant - well, not yet. I moved three of them into more shade, cut back the leaves into fans, replanted in forest loam and I now have one new blade. I moved them as they seemed to be getting too much sun and the leaves were browning. Full sun does not necessarily mean full sun in Atlanta.

We'll see...


On Jul 2, 2005, Alocasiaaddict from Interlachen, FL wrote:

Not growing as vigorously as I had hoped, even under ideal conditions. I will fertilize with time release to see if it becomes more productive.


On Aug 9, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Ours is potted and gets only about an hour or two of full late afternoon sun. It is thriving.
Watering is no chore as it seems to love dry conditions.

A quite beautiful plant for partial shade.
It really lights up a dark area.

The strangest thing happens in dappled light though.
On a windy day or one w/ fast moving clouds it seems to disappear in the glare of the sun, only to reappear as the shade hits it.

I thought at first it was my vision going.
I've since had several people look at it and they see the same thing w/o prompting.
Quite odd!


On Nov 19, 2003, rosemarysims from Mermentau, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I find this to be an excellent plant along the gulf coastal plain. It should be grown only in morning or late afternoon sun here though. This form is much more vigorous and satisfactory than the species. It's quite striking and better than most variegated iris we can grow for foliage.


On Nov 19, 2003, Ultraviolet from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I use this plant frequently in landscape designs in South Florida. Occasionally it gets covered in scale more often in heavy shade and less often in sunnier spots. The foliage is very striking.