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Dianella tasmanica Hook.f.

Flax lily

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyXanthorrhoeaceaeAloes, many tropical plants, flax lilies, daylilies, many others

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I had a terrible time finding out what this was on the web. Go ahead, try it. Type "blueberries," or "blue berries," or "blue seed pods," or "blue peppers" (I was getting desperate). Finally I wrote to the people at Shore Acres State Park in Oregon, and they were kind enough to identify the plant I had photographed while visiting their botanical gardens. Flax lilies are popular with gardeners, and many cultivars are available. It is not found in the wild in North America, and is a native of Australia.

Identification: The bright blue berries, ½-¾″ (1.3-1.9 cm) in length, and are unlike anything I have ever seen, resembling small bell peppers in shape. The flax lily has long grasslike leaves and purple flowers with yellow stamens. Flowers are ½-¾″ (1.3-1.9 cm) in diameter.

Dianella tasmanica (flax lily)

From ozbreed.com.au.

Dianella tasmanica (flax lily)

Foliage (foreground) is evenly colored, though it is variegated in many cultivars.

Online References:

The Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens


The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University, Texas A&M System

Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants


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Dianella tasmanica f. laevis Schlittler

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Dianella divaricata f. dentifera Schlittler

Dianella archeri Hook.f.

Dianella tasmanica var. variegata C.Pynaert

Dianella densa Lindb.


Dianella tasmanica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Dianella tasmanica (flax lily)

Native to SE Australia. · 8/27/2007 · Shore Acres State Park, Cape Arago, Ore­gon

Dianella tasmanica (flax lily)

Native to SE Australia. · 8/27/2007 · Shore Acres State Park, Cape Arago, Ore­gon

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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