Flax lily is a very versatile shrub that adds a grass-like look in front of foundation plants or borders. It also is an excellent plant to place around ligustrums or palms. It is a favorite among landscapers to fill in areas that need some visual interest but do not require much care. The flax lily is available in solid green foliage or variegated foliage with white stripes. The plant produces tiny blue flowers on flexible stalks that should be cut back after the flowers are spent.
Plant flax lilies in well-drained soil that has a fair amount of organic matter. If the soil is too sandy, amend it with some rich topsoil and peat. This plant does well in a range of lighting but prefers morning sun with dappled sunlight through the hottest parts of the day. Fertilize three times a year with a well-balanced fertilizer starting in the spring.
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Excellent border plant, variegation provides visual interest
Flax lily, blueberry flax lily
Tiny blue flowers, not significant
Moderately moist, well-drained soil
9 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Direct morning sun, dappled sunlight the remainder of the day.
1-3 feet tall and about as wide
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Red Button Ginger, Variegated Ginger, Bromeliad