Dianella nigra

This plant is poisonous

This NZ native is noted for its magnificent bright blue berries that arise during summer from small inconspicuous white flowers with yellow stamens. The berries when squeezed produce an ink-like juice hence it is sometimes called Inkberry. It is a plant with slender flax-like leaves that grows to a height of 0.5m, and a spread of up to 1m.

NZCPN profile

Biodiversity enhancement

It is recommended to have a minimum of 5–6 species in one planting area. This creates a more resilient ecosystem in the long term.


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