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Dianella caerulea 'Little Jess' (Native Flax)

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Plant description

Dianella caerulea Little Jess

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Dianella caerulea 'Little Jess' is a strappy leaved clumping perennial with green foliage. It is an easy care, tough, drought tolerant plant for borders, pots or as an accent plant. It has sprays of starry purple-blue flowers in spring and summer, followed by attractive purple berries.' Little Jess' is a compact Dianella which is a great landscape performer, forming a dense and attractive clump which needs almost no maintenance once established. Tolerates humidity, drought and frost. Grows from underground rhizomes, so if it needs cutting back, it will reshoot.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: blue
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.4 metres

Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: 0.4 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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