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Lomandras for Queensland


Queensland can have some very extreme conditions for landscape plantings, wet, dry and high humidity can cause problems for a lot of plant species. Lomandras are a notoriously tough plant, but not every lomandra variety is suited to the Queensland climate. This article will show which are the best lomandras for Queensland, even ones that are phytophthora resistant.

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Lucky Stripe™ Lomandra is a variegated plant with clean contrasting foliage

Lucky Stripe™ Lomandra is one of the only ultra-tough no fuss strappy leaf variegated plants with such mass planting appeal.

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Evergreen Baby™ Lomandra is a Tough, Super Compact Plant that Handles Periodic Wet Feet

Evergreen Baby™ Lomandra is a tough, super compact plant that handles periodic wet feet, is sterile and gets lots of golden flowers in spring

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Beware of using Lomandra confertifolia in mass planting

Beware of using Lomandra confertifolia in mass planting

Unless you follow certain rules

By Todd Layt

When compared to the more robust longifolia, fluviatilis, or hystrix types, Lomandra confertifolia is a smaller, slow growing, weaker Lomandra. Although Lomandra confertifolia types have been used on many sites they are slow to establish and they’ll often die due to lack of water during establishment, or are out competed by weeds.

If you are to use Lomandra confertifolia types, the smallest size pot to use is 140mm but due to the slowness of establishment you’d be better off using a minimum size pot of 175mm.

Another problem with using Lomandra confertifolia types in landscapes is that in frosts, they discolour much worse than longifolia or fluviatilis types. Also, due to their less vigorous root system they also struggle in the dry. In nature they’re generally found in slightly shaded areas. The best place to use Lomandra confertilfolia types is in gardens, where they can be maintained, and weeds can be removed. Used in mass plantings, they will be almost always overtaken by weeds.

WINGARRA® Lomandra contertifolia 'SIR5' PBR

Wingarra® Lomandra is the toughest of all confertifolia types, being unique in the fact it spreads from rhyzomes, and given maintenance for the first 18 months, it will spread and outcompete weeds. But it still needs a longer maintenance schedule than say Lomandra longifolia types like Tanika® Lomandra , Nyalla® Lomandra or hystrix types like Katie Belles™ Lomandra , or the new fluviatilis type called Shara™ Lomandra. The minimum size recommended for Wingarra® Lomandra is a 140mm pot.

Some of the new more blue types look pretty, but they die quite easily when the times get tough. Good garden plants for sure, but avoid them for mass planting. Part of the reason why they do not perform as well as the more vigorous Lomandra species in sunny mass planted areas, can be gleamed from the botanic text books. All the Lomandra confertifolia species described grow in dry sclerophyll forest with some shade, except for one type which grows in rocky sandstone type soils. This is probably the reason why most fail in humid type climates, as well as dry climates where it is full sun and heavy soil types.

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Using Lomandra and Dianella plants in Rain Gardens

Using Lomandra and Dianella plants in Rain Gardens

Lomandra longifolia species will tolerate the dry periods well, it is the wet periods you have to worry about if you are in a high rainfall or humid area or if the plant is in a depressed area of the rain garden. 

Lomandra for Rain Gardens

It may get root rot or other fungal diseases, so unless you are sure, it is best to go for plants like Shara™ Lomandra a Lomandra fluviatilis or Katie Belles™ Lomandra hystrix as these varieties handle wet feet and humidity a lot better as well as dry conditions. 

Pennisetums such as Nafray, Purple Lea and the new Pennstripe are also suitable for rain gardens and they add a great native look and feel.

Dianellas are not generally the best for rain gardens as they aren’t very tolerant of wet feet, when using them you have to be careful with which species you use. One species that tolerates wet feet is Dianella caerulea. 

Some of the best of this species are King Alfred® Dianella, Little Jess™ Dianella and Breeze ® Dianella. If you want the finer leaf of a Dianella revoluta, which usually does not handle wet feet, use Revelation® Dianella as it handles wet feet much better than common revoluta.

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Wingarra® Lomandra is a strappy leaf plant with large Deep Rhizomes

Wingarra® Lomandra is a strappy leaf plant with large Deep Rhizomes

Wingarra® Lomandra contertifolia

This tough little Lomandra has a very fine texture which from a distance gives it the appearance of a native tussock grass. Better still this Wingarra® Lomandra has been here for 12 years and has never been pruned. Look how evergreen it is.

Unlike Tussock grass or Poa, Wingarra® Lomandra will generally not need trimming. Its blue appearance provides a nice contrast to other plants. Being a Lomandra contertifolia, Wingarra® Lomandra is slower than Lomandra longifolia types so larger pot sizes are recommended. Wingarra® Lomandra is particularly good for areas that get part shade.

Unlike all other contertifolia types in the market place Wingarra® Lomandra has deep rhizomes which make it tougher and more able to cope with difficult;t situations. Wingarra® Lomandra reaches a height of 30cm to 40cm with a spread of 50cm to 60cm after a few years.

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Tropic Cascade™ Lomandra is a compact weeping Lomandra

Tropic Cascade™ Lomandra is a compact weeping Lomandra

Tropic Cascade™ Lomandra hystrix 'LHWP' PBR

If you need a weeping foliage plant Tropic Cascade™ Lomandra fits the bill, it’s just so weepingly beautiful. It is certainly more compact than the straight hystrix form but what really makes it outstanding is its beautiful weeping green foliage.

This Lomandra hystrix has large fragrant yellow flowers and will not produce seed. Tropic Cascade™ Lomandra is well suited to tropical and sub tropical regions, is drought tolerant and can handle periods of wet feet.

It has survived a period of minus 4 degrees celsius so it can handle moderate frost. It will grow to 60cm high and 60cm wide and tolerate full sun to moderately heavy shade.

It tolerates most soil types and makes a great rain garden plant. This plant loves Queensland but also grows well in colder states like VIctoria, especially in regions like Melbourne.

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