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Dianella 'Paroo Petite' is a dwarf clumpy form of Dianella, growing to 0.2 metres high and wide. A great low maintenance plant for well drained soils in sun to part shade. Tough and drought tolerant, and is good for coastal sites. Good for borders, pots or as an accent, also superb for massed plantings. Has dainty mauve flowers in spring, followed by attractive blue berries in summer.
Flower colour: blue
Flowering season: spring
Maximum height: 0.2 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres
Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: 0.2 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.