Black- anther Flax -lily
Dianella revoluta is found across the whole Goulburn Broken Catchment in drier forests, woodlands and grasslands . These tufted perennial herbs grow to 1 metre high and form mats with fibrous roots. They have strap like leaves to 85 cms long . They flower in late spring – summer with beautiful intense blue flowers . Later large blue berries attract birds .
To collect the seed , gather the ripe berries and remove the fleshy fruit from the seed by fermenting in a sugary solution for several days . The round shiny black seeds are the strained from the pulp and dried ready for sowing . The seed only remains viable for 6 – 12 months.
This plant makes an excellent ground cover for rockeries , mingling with small shrubs , containers and under trees. The tough leaves yield a silky fibre which Koories used for baskets and cord. The fruit is edible and tasty.
Dianellas are looking very healthy this year with lots of flowers and hopefully lots of fruit .
I photographed these on the Hughes Creek Rd near the picnic grounds after rain.
Reference : Revegetation Guide for the Goulburn Broken Catchment.