Dianella tasmanica, Flax Lily

Uses: Fodder Source, Xeriscaping, Fiber Source, Natural Plant Dye, Prevent Erosion on Slopes. Native to: Australia

The Flax lily hails all the way from Australia, and was no doubt brought to Florida as an easy to grow ornamental that loves full sun and sand. The variegated variety grows well in shade. Flax lily can be used to stabilize the soil on gentle slopes, and it is known to tolerate some salt.

Flax lily is not edible to humans and the fruit is known to be poisonous. Rabbits can eat the leaves of Flax lily without discomfort. The blades can be used to weave baskets, and the berries can be used to dye the baskets.

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