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variegated flax lily

Q: What can you tell me about the green and white flax plant I keep seeing pop up all over town – even in commercial sites? 

A: I believe you are referring to variegated flax lily, Dianella tasmanica variegate. The most important factor of this plant, and probably why you are seeing it everywhere, is its drought tolerance. Plus, it is not picky about the light conditions – it will grow in full sun as well are partial shade. However, too much shade has shown to make it susceptible to scale insects.  Flax lily grows in most any type of soil condition except too wet with little regard to the soil pH. It makes a nice border or ground cover planting; it should be grown in cold hardiness zones 8-11. Flax lily is one of the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) plant recommendations.