Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Botany picture #56: Lomandra filiformis

Lomandra filiformis (Lomandraceae), Australia, 2010. Lomandras come in various sizes and leaf widths but still all look more or less the same: grass-like with tough wiry leaves, relatively indistinct flowers and often unpleasantly spiny infructescences. In other words, they are uninteresting and ugly, which makes it all the more surprising that they are very popular with gardeners and landscape architects. The solution to that puzzle is, as my colleagues assure me, that these plants are so easy to grow. They cover a flower bed, suppress weeds and need hardly any attention for the next few years. Okay then...

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