My photos don't do it justice. The foliage is a bright emerald green. It produces yellow flowers in summer, which reportedly have a honey scent - next summer, I'll have to take a whiff. The attributes listed by growers are impressive to say the least:
- Suitable in full sun to partial shade (mine did fine in a mostly shade situation but adapted without difficulty when that became a mostly sun situation after the removal of the nearby Eucalyptus tree)
- Drought tolerant once established but, according to San Marcos Growers, it can also handle wet soil
- Performed well in tests with irrigation involving both saline water and reclaimed water
- Accepting of clay and sandy soil
- Winter hardy to 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit (reportedly unscathed by temperatures dipping to 16F in the Atlanta, GA area)
- Evergreen in USDA zones 8-11 and perennial in zones 7-11
- Successfully grown under Eucalyptus trees (where, I can testify, it's hard to grow anything)
- Deer tolerant
- Suitable for use singly or in mass plantings
What more could you want from a plant? This Australian native grows 2-4 feet tall and wide (mine are currently about 2x2 feet in size). After reading more about it, I think I may have to plunk down cash for the 1-gallon size and try it on my back slope.
Lomandra longifolia 'Breeze' is my contribution to Loree's favorites meme at danger garden. Please check her site for her favorite and those selected by other bloggers.