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Dianella longifolia 'Forte' (Flax Lily)

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Plant description

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Dianella Forte is an upright plant with narrow, arching foliage. Forte is an attractive narrow-leafed form of Dianella longifolia which is found in most regions of Australia and is therefore a very adaptable plant. Dianella Forte flowers in spring but its true worth is as a tough landscape plant.Try Forte in any low maintenance, waterwise setting, even if the soil isn't exactly ideal. It can be cut back to ground level if the plant gets untidy and will re-shoot from its underground rhizomes.

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: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.8 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds.

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: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: all year.

Types of fertiliser: General purpose.

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