Blue flax lily (Dianella)

A hardy perennial native herb 0.5 to 1.5m tall, cultivated as a garden ornamental for its attractive foliage and striking blue/purple berries.
Flower can range in colour from pale blue through to deep blue/purple, are roughly 1 to 2cm wide with 6 petals with 6 exserted yellow to brown stamens. The flower spike arises from the plant base with flowers in terminal clusters on a branched central stalk.
The stiff leaves are strap-like, long and narrow sometimes with a waxy bloom on the under surface.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic
Warning: Seek medical attention if ingestion results in symptoms.

Common name: Blue flax lily

Botanical name: Dianella spp. (includes D. ensifolia, D. brevipedunculata, D. caerulea, D. revoluta,)

Other common names: Flax lily, Blueberry lily

Family: Hemerocallidaceae

General description: A hardy perennial native herb 0.5 to 1.5m tall, cultivated as a garden ornamental for its attractive foliage and striking blue/purple berries.

Flowers: Flower can range in colour from pale blue through to deep blue/purple, are roughly 1 to 2cm wide with 6 petals with 6 exserted yellow to brown stamens. The flower spike arises from the plant base with flowers in terminal clusters on a branched central stalk.

Leaves: The stiff leaves are strap-like, long and narrow sometimes with a waxy bloom on the under surface.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit are succulent round blue berries 4 to 10mm in diameter containing biconvex, shiny black seeds.

Other: –

Symptoms: Berries are regarded as poisonous although evidence is limited to a few circumstantial cases; no clear exposure and effect has been seen. Reported symptoms include difficulty breathing, hiccups and dizziness.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic
Warning: Seek medical attention if ingestion results in symptoms.

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