Lomandra is a plant that has been mistaken for grass due to its green color, however, it actually belongs to the Asparagus family and was recently reclassified from the Lily family.
Lomandra is a hardy, yet attractive plant that you can grow in any climate or condition. Lomedara has been around for centuries and will survive anything from blizzards to curious puppy dogs! This Australian native plant can withstand anything from severe cold or frost down to -10 degrees Celsius, flooded grounds, footballs landing on it… and so much more!
Origins of Lomandra
Malcolm Woolmore and Robert Harrison of KiwiFlora teamed up with the creme de la creme of plant breeders to create Lomandra ‘White Sands’: a native Australian flower that was transformed into an outstanding garden flower. The two teams from New Zealand and Australia collaborated in creating this beautiful specimen, which is quite an accomplishment!
The job of sourcing viable seeds is not easy. It was Robert’s task to first source Lomandra seeds and he collated quite a few species, some from Australia while others came all the way from Asia. Sometimes breeding programs start off with just busy bee action, as insects and bees busily spread pollen about amongst those different varieties in search of new cultivars – this process can take years.
Malcolm planted ten thousand plants in New Zealand, but only five of the thousands were special enough to pursue. In 2013, Malcolm and Robert saw the potential within one plant with fancy variegated foliage! They soon realized that it was too weak for production though and a different variety caught their eye.
The decision they made would shake things up forever!
What Makes the Lomandra White Sands Stand Out?
The Lomandra plant is a beautiful, unique addition to any landscape. Some might be surprised by the unusual form of this green flower from the wild until they take a closer look and see that it’s an upright grass with candelabra-shaped leaves! This variety would stand out as being majestic in your yard when those who notice it can’t help but stumble over themselves praising its beauty.
The upright and candelabra look of Lomandra makes it easy to identify with its regal outline.
As soon as you see the Lomandra ‘White Sands’ in your local nursery, be sure to grab some. Not only does this plant have fancy foliage that’s perfect for any home garden or office space (don’t let it fool you though!), but it can also withstand drought and flooding with ease!
As a gardener, I’m always looking out for new plants that offer different kinds of benefits – so when I walked into my local greenhouse recently and saw the Lomandra ‘White Sands’, there was no question about whether or not to buy one; they’re simply too good not to take home at once. The most unique thing about these flowers is their beautiful white-and-green leaves which are absolutely stunning against any backdrop.
Australian plants are known for their unique uses! Did you know, they’ve been woven into textiles in the past and even used as a spice? Lomandra’s leaves were often employed to make baskets or mats. The seeds from this plant can be finely ground up with flour when making loaves of bread – giving them some extra flavor. And if you’re lost out there in nature, chewing on an Australian green may just save your life; these plants hold water inside of their roots which are absorbed by thirsty travelers who need hydration while trekking through vast forests (or one day at home).
Growing the Lomandra White Sands
Flowering time: May to June
Location: Borders, patio pots
Soil: Any well-drained soil
Light: Sun to part shade – happiest in full sun
Hardy: Survives down to -10C! The plant is evergreen!
Care: Occasional grooming to remove old foliage will keep it looking its best.
Size: 75cm (30”) high x 50cm (20”) in spread
Planting the Lomandra White Sands
The Lomandra ‘White Sands’ is a handsome little plant with an impressive bouquet of features. The speed at which this succulent grows cannot be matched by many plants- it could go from being virginal to voluptuous in next to no time! It can withstand cold weather, frosty temperatures, and drought but also thrives when given ample water supply so that not even the most seasoned gardener will have problems handling such an amazing piece of greenery.
As a plant, Lomandra ‘White Sands’ is low maintenance and high performance! It grows fast- up to three feet in height with just one year of growth. This incredibly hardy plant also tolerates frost well, which makes it perfect for planting outside during the winter months as well.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lomandra White Sands
Is Lomandra White Sands Evergreen?
This Lomandra variegated cultivar is the first white-striped variety of this popular plant. A naturally evergreen perennial, it has a preference for moist soil and can be propagated from stem cuttings in spring or summer. This tough little guy doesn’t need much care at all – just water once every week to 10 days!
Caring for Lomandra Grass
Lomandra is one of the most drought-tolerant plants, but for thick clumps of glossy foliage and occasional watering. But if your Lomandra gets damaged due to frost or time it’s no big deal just cut off any ripped up grasses down to 6 inches (15 cm)
Is Lomandra Hardy?
The Lomandra is an attractive yet low-maintenance planting option for those who want their plants to do all of the work themselves or simply don’t enjoy gardening as much because they’re too busy.
It has a hardy and strappy appearance that thrives with gardeners new to gardening. There are many different varieties of the plant to match your garden style, so you can grow this easy-care plant in any setting and have it thrive!
Does Lomandra grow in shade?
The Lomandra thrive in nearly any condition imaginable; from full sun exposure all day long up through deep shade at night when most other plants would wilt away into oblivion.
This plant helps you add a little touch of nature to an otherwise mundane, urban environment, making them perfect for all sorts of purposes like adding some green to your backyard without having any worries about watering it!
Can you cut back Lomandra?
Lomandra plants do not need pruning. To keep the plant at a manageable size, just cut back the foliage to 15cm above ground level if it becomes too large.