Common Name: Blue Flax Lily
Fruits and leaves
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Blue flax lily is an evergreen, perennial, stemless, clumping plant growing about 75cm tall.
The plant yields a fibre and also has edible fruits, which are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
Australia - New South Wales.
Sandy soils near creeks on heaths and in sparse woodlands[
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Succeeds in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in sun or dappled shade[
]. Requires a well-drained neutral to acid soil[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
] The fruit is up to 1.5cm in diameter[
A very strong silky fibre is obtained from the leaves. The leaves are also used in making baskets[
Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in lukewarm water and then sow in individual containers, placing 3 - 4 seeds in a pot. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 25°c[
]. When large enough to handle, thin the seedlings to the best one or two and then grow on until large enough to plant out.
Division as the plants come into growth[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on until they are rooting well.
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