Flax lily isn’t a real lily (Liliaceae household). It’s a perennial flower within the Asphodelaceae household, which makes it a relative of the well-known asphodel flower of the Mediterranean area. The plant likes shade, isn’t bothered by deer pests, and requires little upkeep, making it a great perennial for individuals “on the go” who wish to come dwelling to a colourful backyard. Better of all, flax lily furnishes panorama colour throughout a number of seasons, first with its foliage, then with its flowers, and, lastly, with its berries.
How you can Develop Flax Lily
The one disadvantage with flax lily is that it’s a tender plant, suited to zones 9 to 11. Inside these zones, flax lily is straightforward to develop due to its tolerances:
- It tolerates deer pests, which have a tendency to not eat it.
- It additionally tolerates drought.
This perennial spreads by way of underground rhizomes, nevertheless it does so solely over an extended time period. If you cannot wait that lengthy, you may propagate flax lily by dividing its clumps, as a substitute.
Flax lily is prone to ailments reminiscent of leaf spot and powdery mildew, however you may decrease the probabilities of such infestations via beneficiant spacing, by avoiding overhead watering, and by water within the morning (in order that the soil has an opportunity to dry earlier than evening falls).
Develop flax lily in full shade if you happen to stay in a area with extremely popular, dry summers and in partial shade if you happen to panorama in an space with milder summers.
The primary requirement for the soil of flax lily is that it ought to drain sharply.
Flax lily tolerates drought nicely as soon as it’s mature.
Feed flax lily in spring (previous to the looks of latest progress) with the identical sort of fertilizer (suited to acid-loving vegetation) that you’d use for azaleas.
Panorama Makes use of for Flax Lily
Flax lily has inflexible, blade-shaped leaves. The leaves can attain 3 toes lengthy. The daring foliage contrasts nicely with softer-looking vegetation. The foliage is evergreen in zone 11.
The flowers bloom in panicles on stalks that jut up over the foliage. The person blooms are small (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch throughout) however quite a few sufficient to placed on a present. They’re often blue (with placing yellow stamens) however sometimes white. The flowers are succeeded by shiny, blueberries. The wealthy colour of the flowers and of the berries is welcome within the shade backyard. Flax lily is especially helpful below bushes: Dry shade poses challenges that not simply any shade plant can overcome.
Flax lilies work nicely in containers. Pot up a number of of them and set up them on shaded areas of decks and patios to inject visible curiosity there.
Sorts of Flax Lily
Selection on the planet of flax lilies comes primarily within the type of cultivars with variegated foliage:
- ‘Variegata’ has inexperienced leaves with white margins.
- ‘Silver Streak,’ likewise, sports activities white leaf edges.
- ‘Yellow Stripe’ is extra attention-grabbing. On its foliage, mild inexperienced, darkish inexperienced, white, and yellow bands alternate.
Origin of the Names
The genus identify of Dianella derives from the identify of the Roman goddess of the hunt, Diana. The species identify of Tasmania refers back to the geographical origin of the plant.
As for the 2 elements of the widespread identify of “flax lily”:
- The “flax” refers back to the look of the flowers, which resemble the flowers of the particular flax genus (Linum).
- The “lily” half refers to the truth that some members of the Asphodelaceae household was once grouped within the lily household.