Dianella Congesta "Beach Flax Lily" Seeds
** not available to WA or International buyers.
Dianella congesta is an evergreen perennial from the Phormiaceae family growing to 1 m. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are suitable for sandy and for loamy soils, preferably well-drained acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade and prefers dry or moist soil. The plant tolerates coastal exposure and makes a striking addition to any garden with its wide, strappy leaves and delicate blue flowers which make way for large, ovate, bright blue, edible berries up to1.5cm in diameter. These are the tastiest of the dianella berries to eat and can be used in jam making, salads, desserts, and anywhere else berries are desired with their stunning colour a compliment to the dish. CAUTION: The Queensland Government has listed Dianella on it's poisonous plants list.
Suggested Propogation: Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in luke-warm water and then sow in spring in gentle heat in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 4-12 weeks at 25°c. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two years. When large enough, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division as the plants come into growth in the spring. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
*****Please note: We do NOT sell live plants at all!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.