I think it's fair to say that the Xanthorrhoea 'Grass Tree' epitomises the Australian landscape and that every Aussie plant enthusiast yearns to own at-least one of these in their garden!! Xanthorrhoea is native to Australia and apparently there are 28 species and five subspecies.
I have the X.johnsonii in my front garden and I've had it about 4 or 5 years now. It produced it's first flower spike within a year of planting it and since then I've had a flower every year, but this year there were two flower spikes!
While they do grow slowly, apparently short trunks (about 10cm) and leaf crowns of up to 1.5m (to the top of the leaves) can be achieved in 10 years. That means I only have to wait 6 more years!!
|Two flower spikes on my X.johnsonii in 2012|
|I had left the old spike from the previous year on the plant, so that as you can see, |
it made a nice contrast with the new blooms.
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