Flax Lily

Origin: Australia, Africa, South-east Asia, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand.

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Hemerocallidoideae
Scientific Name: Dianella spp.

Folk Names: Blue flax lily, blueberry lily
Indigenous (Noongar) Names: Mangard (D. revoluta)


Element: Water
Day: Wednesday
Planet: Neptune
Zodiac: Aquarius
Deities: Diana

Magical Properties: Emotion, beauty, compassion, harmony, creativity, peace, binding

Substitutions: Kangaroo Paw


Indigenous Medicinal Uses (Dianella revoluta):


Flax lily is a popular landscaping plant, due to it’s winter foliage and colourful berries.

Indigenous Uses:


The genus of Dianella contains roughly 40 species, half of which are native to Australia.

Type: Tufted herb
Plant Height: 0.5-1.5m
Leaves: Narrow, grass-like leaves up to 85mm long
Flowers: 1-2cm across with 3 sepals and 3 petals of similar size, usually blue/purple, sometimes white
Fruit: Bright indigo-coloured berries ~1cm across


In the Garden

Type: Perennial herb
Light: Partial to full shade
Water: Drought tolerant once established
Soil: Well-drained