Plant Profile – KATIE BELLES is a Mass Flowering Lomandra | Garden Reviews

KATIE BELLES Lomandra hystrix ‘LHBYF’ PBR | Garden Reviews

Katie Belles

Occasionally a plant comes along that really stands out from the rest and says Wow! Look at me! Katie Belles will redefine landscapes in tropical, sub tropical and temperate areas. Just imagine a spring landscape with masses of Katie Belles flowering profusely for months on end, with the added bonus of a sweet perfumed smell.

In most cases Katie Belles will grow to at least 1.2 to 1.5m in general conditions, but in well maintained, fertilised and irrigated areas it can get to a height of 1.8m, a little lower if conditions are harsh. Katie Belles has much larger and more prolific bold yellow flowers in comparison to the common Lomandra hystrix and are soft to touch.

Like other Lomandra hystrix, Katie Belles is extremely resistant to root rot and tolerates excessively wet, over irrigated areas and also dry gardens with drought conditions. It’s ideal for most landscape situations in QLD and also does really well in other areas of Australia including NSW, VIC, WA and SA in raised, flat and depressed planting areas. It’s a perfect evergreen alternative to the non evergreen Juncus and Carex, for planting around the edge of wetlands, and other periodically wet areas like road side gullies, and drainage channels. Katie Belles will also perform well in full sun, moderate shade and will also tolerate frost, heat and humidity.

A recent erosion control paper on commonly used landscape plants shows that Katie Belles has significant erosion control capabilities. It has the ability to strengthen the soil an extra 285% compared to bare soil. Tropicbelle another Lomandra hystrix strengthened the soil by 135%. Common Lomandra in this investigation strengthened the soil significantly less at only 50%. This research shows that Katie Belles can be used to better strengthen the soil and help prevent erosion on slopes, batters, beach fronts and stream embankments, and gullies where it can tolerate periods of wet and dry.

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