Native plants

Dianella nigra

Fleshy blue fruit

Scientific name: Dianella nigra
Maori name: Turutu
English name: NZ blueberry
Other names: inkberry, forest flax

Pioneer Grass or similar, other plant - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, partial shade, sunny, shelter, coastal forest garden, small garden or balcony, wetlands and water features

About Dianella nigra

Bright iridescent blue berries in summer, this small evergreen flax like plant works well in most situations and is especially attractive planted naturally in groups. Ideal for dry areas under existing vegetation. Growing up to 50 cm tall and about 30 cm wide, this is a perefect smaller substitute for flaxes and does much better in semi shade than the unrelated mountain flax. The magnificent bright blue and fleshy berries that arise during summer from tiny white flowers with yellow stamens. The berries are spread and eaten by native birds. The berries when pressed produces a black ink like juice. The berries is sometimes regarded as poisonous and should not be eaten by man.

Easy to grow and relatively maintenance free.

Provides for birds

  Nectar Fruit Seeds
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Provides for lizards

  • Ground cover for retreat
  • Clump forming for camouflage and insects
  • Fruit

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