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Dianella tasmanica 'Rainbow' (Flax Lily)

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Microclimates in your garden. Did you know your whole garden may be a microclimate that allows you to grow plants that would not thrive on the other side of the street? Read this article to learn more.

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Gymea Lilies - Doryanthes excelsa. Everything about the Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa) is larger than life. The bold foliage can reach over four metres in height and some majestic flower stems can reach over ten metres tall.

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Plant description

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This is primarily a plant grown for its striking pinkish red new foliage that ages to a green and white variegation. It is a clumping style of plant that is perfect for narrow spaces and pot culture. It is also useful as an extensive landscape plant for roadside areas and the like. 'Rainbow' is extremely tough and tolerates coastal conditions, drought, shade and moderate frosts. Give it a clean up after it has finished flowering and fruiting by removing the spent stems and any dead or damaged leaves.

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: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: 0.4 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is 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, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus native plant fertiliser.

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