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This plant is grouped into the immense family of lilies, Liliaceae. This little known genus, Dianella contains about 25 species of herbaceous plants native from east tropical Africa and Madagascar to China, Australia and the South Pacific. It was named and classified by the French botanist, Jean Baptist Lamarck, 1744-1829 probably from plants obtained through French Polynesia. This species is attributed to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1817-1911, the English explorer and plant collector for the botanic gardens at Kew, and would later become director here. Hooker likely collected the plant from Tasmania which inspired the species name. Thrives in organically rich, well-drained soils; tolerates clay. Best with some shade in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Remove spent flower stalks and old foliage as new leaves emerge. Divide if needed in early spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.