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Products > Lomandra filiformis Savannah Blue ['LMF500'] PP18,859
 
Lomandra filiformis Savannah Blue ['LMF500'] PP18,859 - Blue Wattle Mat Rush

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lomandra filiformis Savannah Blue ['LMF500'] PP18,859 (Blue Wattle Mat-Rush) - A small grass-like plant that forms small gray mounds to 1 foot tall and spreads slowly by short 1 inch long rhizomes. It has narrow leaves that have a dentate leaf apex and a glaucous leaf texture that results in an overall blue-green foliage color. The yellow flower spike is short and fairly insignificant, not reaching above the foliage and bears all male flowers. The root system is fibrous and spreading, making for good soil stabilization. Plant in full sun to light shade in most soils from heavy clay to sandy well-draining soils. Tolerates moderate frost and drought conditions. A great little plant for its durability and gray coloration which makes it useful in mass plantings or for contrasting darker green or red foliage plants. Looks a bit like Sesleria caerulea but overall more blue-gray and with leaf tips that are a tan color. 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 'filiformis', meaning "thread-like" is in reference to the narrow leaves of the species. Lomandra filiformis 'LMF500' was discovered by Todd Layt in 1999 in nursery in New South Wales, Australia in a large seed crop lot of Lomandra filiformis. It was selected for its very blue coloration, more compact growth habit with a greater shoot density than common Lomandra filiformis. 'LMF500' is noted as having a more glaucous leaf texture than common Lomandra filiformis, which results in foliage with an overall blue-green foliage color instead of the grey-green to green foliage color typical of the species. We first received this plant for trial in 2007 from VersaScapes as part of their Celebrated Plant line but the plant was later marketed by the breeder through his Ozbreed Plants. While we found this variety to have a unique foliage color it was not vigorous when in our location when planted in the ground or in our nursery containers and we ultimately discontinued production of it in 2012. It is one of the few Lomandra we don't even have a representative sample of in our Lomandra collection.  Information displayed on this page is based on the research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it is growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in the crops out in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Lomandra filiformis Savannah Blue ['LMF500'] PP18,859.
 
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