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Products > Lomandra Platinum Beauty ™ ['Roma 13'] PP25,962
 
Lomandra Platinum Beauty ™ ['Roma 13'] 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: 2-3 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™ ['Roma 13'] PP25,962 (Variegated Dwarf Mat Rush) A beautiful evergreen grass-like clumping perennial to 3-4 feet tall by as wide with 2-3 foot long very narrow green leaves that have a white central stripe and white margins. The leaves are erect in the center of the plant and arch gracefully back towards the ground as they mature. As with other Lomandra, the leaf tips are curiously cut as though with pinking shears at the tips but, because the leaves are so narrow and also variegated, this aspect, which some see as a detriment, is hardly noticeable. This cultivar has much narrower leaves and grows smaller than the typical species, which can get 4 to 5 feet tall. In spring appear the short spikes of fragrant yellow flowers, subtended by small soft yellow spines, that rise only about half way up to the height of the foliage the flowers of this cultivar are all males and no fruit is produced. Plant in full sun to moderate shade in a well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established but can also tolerate regular irrigation, so can be used both in the dry and moderately well irrigated garden, but not at its best in heavy soils that remain moist. Hardy to just below 20 F. It is tolerant of a very wide range of conditions and requires little to no maintenance once established and is a useful and attractive plant for a specimen containers, mixed in the border planting, lining a walkway or for mass planted groundcover near coastal conditions or in other difficult situations in both sun or shade so long as the soil has decent drainage. We have grown this plant since 2016 and as yet it appears 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". The genus Lomandra has long been placed in the past with the Australian Grass Trees in the Xanthorrhoaceae or related Dasypogonaceae and then more recently in its own family, the Lomandraceae, or combined with the Cordyline into the Laxmanniaceae. Current treatment is to put it in the subfamily Lomandroideae in the Asparagaceae. This cultivar reportedly 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 selected single plant within the resulting seedlings in 2008. The cultivar name "Roma" comes from a combination using the first two letters of Robert Harrison's first name combined with the first letters of Malcolm Woolmore's name. Malcolm is the managing director of Kiwi Flora and Lyndale Nurseries in New Zealand and was responsible for introducing this plant to US markets. In May 2013 it is granted the protection of Plant Breeder Rights in Australia and received US Plant patent PP25,962 in September 2015. It is marketed under the name White Sands throughout much of the world but made its debut in the US in 2016 with the marketing name Platinum Beauty. We first began growing Platinum Beauty in 2016 and have it planted in our nursery gardens and in decorative pots around our office. We find it to be a very strong growing cultivar. The tallest plant we have measured reached 46 inches from ground level. The variegation on our crops has remained fairly stable, with only a very few plants sporting fans that are pure green or all white and we continue to evaluate an all green sport that we have yet to name. We consider this plant to be one of the best of the variegated Lomandra cultivars currently available in the nursery trade. San Marcos Growers first introduced Lomandra longifolia to the California nursery trade in 1990 and continues to grow many different cultivars of Lomandra - more information on the genus and a listing of all Lomandra we grow can be found on our Lomandra History Page The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Lomandra Platinum Beauty TM PP25,962.
 
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