PAROO LILY / BLUE FLAX (dianella caerulea) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'
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A hardy perennial native herb, cultivated as a garden ornamental for its attractive foliage and striking blue/purple berries.
Flower can range in colour from pale blue through to deep blue/purple. The flowers are star shaped. The fruit are shiny blue berries. They are 7-12 mm long.
Habitats Sandy soils near creeks on heaths and in sparse woodlands
Succeeds in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones.
Requires a well-drained neutral to acid soil, Very hardy and long-lived once established.
Fruit – raw or cooked. The fruit is up to 1.5cm in diameter. They have a sweet flavour, which becomes nutty once the seeds are chewed.
Roots – The length of rhizomes are pounded and roasted.
Other Uses: Basketry; Fibre. 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 luke-warm water and then sow in spring in gentle heat in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 25°c When large enough, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.