Common Name: Blue Flax Lily
Blue flax lily is an evergreen, stemless, clump-forming perennial plant with sword-like leaves, growing 80cm or more tall.
The leaves are gathered from the wild for their fibre and use in basket making.
Australia - New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland.
Sandy soils near creeks on heaths and in sparse woodlands[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Found in a range of climatic conditions from the warm temperate zone to the tropics.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in sun or dappled shade[
]. Requires a well-drained neutral to acid soil[
A polymorphic species[
], some forms are very ornamental[
A very strong silky fibre is obtained from the leaves[
The leaves are also used in making baskets[
A blue dye is obtained from the fruit[
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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