Family: Proteaceae

These Australian and South American, woody plants vary from low shrubs to large trees. They have mostly finely divided leaves and small flowers which attract birds. Few species are in general cultivation, although many have great ornamental qualities. Their foliage is ideal for dried arrangements.


L. fraxinifolia, native to higher alti­tudes of Queensland rainforests, grows to 20 m (65 ft) in its habitat, but half that size in culti­vation. The glossy foliage is very attractive and its trusses of cream flowers appear in late summer or autumn.

L. ilicifolia, holly lomatia, is a good garden species, with holly-shaped leaves and white flowers.

L. myricoides is a graceful shrub, 3-5 m (10-16 ft) high, with narrow, toothed leaves and cream flowers in summer. It is a good understorey plant beneath trees, and is also used as a screening plant.

L. silaifolia, crinklebush or wild parsley, is an upright, stiff shrub, to 1-2 m (3-6 ft) high, with lacy foliage. It is grown for the use by florists in dried floral arrangements.

L. tinctoria grows to 1 m (3 ft) or more, with lacy, light green, divided leaves. This species does well in cool areas.


Lomatias prefer a light, slightly acidic, loamy soil, but can be grown in sun or partial shade. Water well in summer, decreasing the amount substantially in winter. Propagate from seed contained in the capsules, or from cuttings taken in late summer to autumn struck in a mix of three parts sharp sand to one part peat or vermiculite. In frost-prone climates, ensure plants are well protected from frost, say in a sheltered woodland garden or cool greenhouse.


Zone 9, or possibly zone 8.

Lomandra      Lonicera