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Products > Lomandra Platinum Beauty ['Roma13'] PP25,962
Lomandra Platinum Beauty ['Roma13'] PP25,962 - Variegated Dwarf Mat Rush

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [L. White Sands, L. White Christmas]
Parentage: (Lomandra longifolia hybrid)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lomandra longifolia Platinum Beauty ['Roma13'] PP25,962 (Variegated Dwarf Mat Rush) - An evergreen grass-like perennial with narrow green strap-shaped leaves that have a white central stripe and white margins, and as with other Lomadra, the leaf tips are curiously cut as though with pinking shears at the tips. Growing much smaller than the species, this cultivar reaches to 28 inches and spreads to about the same width. In spring appear the short spikes of fragrant male yellow flowers, subtended by small soft yellow spines, that rise only about half way up to the height of the foliage. Plant in full sun to moderate shade in a well-drained soil. This species is drought tolerant once established but can also tolerate regular irrigation but not heavy soils that remain moist. Hardy to below 20 F. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions and requires little to no maintenance once established and it should prove to be a useful and attractive plant for a specimen containers, mixing in the border planting or for mass planted groundcover on slopes, near coastal conditions or in other difficult situations in both sun or shade so long as the soil has decent drainage. It seems to have no pest problems and is resistant to predation by deer and rabbits. 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 'longifolia' means "long leaves" which the species, but not this cultivar, typically has. 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. This plant originated from seed collected from an open pollination group of unnamed Lomandra cultivars growing at Robert Harrison's Greenhills Propagation Nursery in Tynong, Victoria, Australia where it was named 'Roma 13' as a single selected single plant within the resulting seedlings in 2008. The Plant Breeder Rights application for 'Roma 13' application was accepted May 10, 2013 and it was listed as a hybrid between Lomandra longifolia and Lomandra confertifolia subsp. pallida but received US Plant patent PP25,962 in September 2015 listed as a hybrid between Lomandra longifolia cultivars. The plant was introduced in the United States in 2016 through the Sunset Western Garden Collection and the Southern Living Plant Collection. It has also gone under the marketing names White Sands and White Christmas.  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 Platinum Beauty.