KATIE BELLES™ Lomandra is our best performing native evergreen
KATIE BELLES™ Lomandra hystrix ‘LHBYF’
The Katie Belles™plant is a large full sized Lomandra hystrix with masses of prolific big yellow flowers through spring for months at a time. Katie Belles™ Lomandra generally will grow to a maximum height of 1.5m in general conditions, but in well maintained, fertilised and irrigated areas it can grow to a height of 1.8m. Like other Lomandra hystrix, the Katie Belles™ plant is extremely resistant to root rot and phytophthora. Katie Belles™ Lomandra can be used in most landscape applications and will tolerate raised, depressed and flat planting sites.
Katie Belles™ Lomandra is suited to moist soils, as well as tolerating dry conditions. Lives on natural rainfall in most of the populated areas of the eastern states, provided it is planted in 50mm or more of mulch, preferably chunky mulch, as this lets the rain pass more easily through to the root zone. For desert inland type areas occasional watering will be required. It grows well in heavy shade and will tolerate full sun and moderate-high frosts. It is the best Lomandra species for coping with periodic wet feet, over irrigated areas, hot, humid and dry conditions. It does well in both raised and depressed areas in both clay and sandy soils. Tolerates windy and salt laden windy positions.
Katie Belles™ Lomandra will grow in all types of mulch including recycled mulch with more than 5% fines, but for reasons other than plant health preferably plant in mulch that comprises of hardwood chips or other chunky wood material with no more than 5% fines by volume (preferably zero fines). (Note: Mulch with less than 5% fines has many advantages, and should be used anyway, not to mention it is part of the Australian standards to have no more than 5% fines. However this plant can cope well with mulch types with more than 5% fines.)
Water as required to keep the plant healthy for the first 8 to 13 weeks. After this irrigation is optional (not required) for most populated areas of the East Coast, other than particularly dry inland regions. Although any Lomandra hystrix type plant will benefit from occasional irrigation, helping prevent brown off in very dry conditions. It needs occasional watering in WA and South Australia, if planted in very dry areas. Katie Belles™ Lomandra can be used in areas that are extensively irrigated. Trimming is rarely required, but if needed, trim using a sharp implement to 30cm above the ground. Avoid trimming in drought conditions, or in the middle of summer. Fertiliser is rarely required, but in ornamental gardens if a darker green colour is desired, fertilise with any good balanced 8 to 9 month slow release fertiliser, preferably in spring or autumn.
Ideal for mass planting in commercial landscaping, roadsides, golf courses, factories, offices and for specimen planting in private gardens. Good understory plant in open tree plantings. Good plant for the edge of water courses, dams or ponds. Excellent for handling areas which can be periodically wet, provided it is not under water for long periods, and just wet soils. Eg: gullies on roadsides, and other drainage channels. Do not plant in water that is permanently more than 5 centimetres deep. It is not a wetland plant, but can tolerate shallow water for very long periods. Ideal for patio pot plants and planter boxes, provided a larger plant is required. Good indoor plant. Good companion plant with Little Jess™ Dianella or Breeze® Dianella.
Viro-Tubes 50mm x 50mm x 90mm (130ml volume):
After consultation with roads departments, we recommend planting Katie Belles™ Lomandra at 6 Viro-Tubes per square metre in urban areas, and for rural roads, 4 Viro-Tubes per square metre.
Viro-Tubes 85mm x 85mm x 100mm (410ml volume); Square pots and 140mm diameter Round pots (140mm deep and 1.4lt volume): After consultation with roads departments, we recommend planting Katie Belles™ Lomandra at 4 pots per square metre in urban areas, and for rural roads, 3 pots per square metre.
Mass planting, 3 per square metre for full coverage. For specimen planting, plant 1 per 2 square metres. (These low specimen planting rates are for where manual weed control is possible).
Ronstar as per label as a pre-emergent. Fusilade as per label will selectively take out grass weeds. Eg: Kikuyu, Summer grass, etc. When spot spraying with Glyphosate (RoundUp), ensure drift or over spray does not accidentally contact the Katie Belles™ plant.
This website gives general information for the states/regions in Australia. For local information on which plants work in your area contact your local grower. Local grower knowledge is vital, this website is no substitute.
Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.