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Products > Lomandra longifolia Nyalla ['LM400'] PP15,583
 
Lomandra longifolia Nyalla ['LM400'] PP15,583 - Nyalla Mat Rush
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lomandra longifolia Nyalla ['LM400'] PP15,583 - A semi-compact fine textured tufting plant to 2 to 3 feet tall and equal spread with light blue-green straight narrow leaves that radiate up and outwards from the crown and with unusual, attractive yellow male flower heads in early in spring. Plant in full sun to moderate shade and water occasionally to sparingly in warm months, though it reportedly tolerates wetter conditions so long as the soil is freely draining or the plant is on a slope or mound, otherwise it can be planted in nearly any soil type. It is also tolerant to windy, salt laden situations and moderate frost - should be hardy to around 16 F. This is a selection of the typically larger Lomandra longifolia but is slightly larger than Lomandra longifolia Breeze ['LM300'] and has paler green stiffer leaves. Cutting back is not required, but it can be trimmed back using a sharp shear, knife or power trimmer to cut foliage to about 8 inches above the ground; avoid doing this in mid-summer or when plants are drought stressed. Plants benefit from a light feeding with a general fertilizer prior to winter active growth. This cultivar is a great plant a specimen in the ground or in a container or used in a mass planting in sun or shade and the cut foliage is useful as filler in flower arrangements. This plant was discovered in January, 1999 in a nursery in New South Wales, Australia as a vegetative sport in a block of Lomandra longifolia 'Cassica' and was selected due to its much finer leaf and compact size. We first saw this plant at the Australian Native Plant Nursery in Ojai. It is marketed in the US by Ozbreed and holds U.S. Plant Patent PP15,583 issued in February 2005. The genus Lomandra has long been placed with the Australian Grass Trees in the Xanthorrhoaceae or related Dasypogonaceae and more in its own family, the Lomandraceae, or combined with the Cordyline into the Laxmanniaceae, but current treatment is to put it in the subfamily Lomandroideae in the Asparagaceae. The name Lomandra comes from the Greek words 'loma' meaning "margin" and 'andros' meaning "male" and is in reference to a circular margin on the anthers. The specific epithet means "long leafed". The image on this page courtesy of Jo O'Connell of Australian Native Plant Nursery. The sencond image from Sam McCoy of Dig Plants.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Lomandra Nyalla ['LM400'] PP15,583.
 
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