Lomandra confertifolia Crackerjack

Lomandra confertifolia Crackerjack

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Description: Lomandra confertifolia 'Crackerjack' is a popular cultivar of the Lomandra species, prized for its neat, compact growth habit and ornamental appeal. It is known for its resilience and ability to thrive in diverse Australian climates.


  • Leaves: The leaves are strap-like, long, narrow, and evergreen, growing in dense tufts. They are deep green in color and have a slight arching habit, contributing to its attractive appearance.


  • Inflorescence: Produces small, yellow flower clusters on tall stems above the foliage in spring. The flowers are fragrant and attract pollinators.
  • Blooming Period: Flowers are followed by small, round seed heads that add subtle interest to the plant.

Form and Size:

  • Size: Typically grows 60-80 cm tall and spreads 50-70 cm wide, forming a dense mound over time.
  • Habit: Compact and clumping, with foliage that maintains a tidy appearance year-round. It is drought-tolerant once established.

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Thrives in a wide range of climates, from temperate to subtropical regions of Australia. It is tolerant of heat, drought, and coastal conditions.
  • Soil: Prefers well-drained soil but can adapt to various soil types, including sandy and clay soils. It is moderately tolerant of poor soil conditions.
  • Sunlight: Best grown in full sun to part shade. It can tolerate both conditions but may have denser growth and more prolific flowering in full sun.
  • Watering: Regular watering during establishment is essential. Once established, it is drought-tolerant but benefits from occasional watering during dry spells.


  • Landscaping: Ideal for mass planting, borders, rockeries, and as a ground cover in gardens and landscapes. Its compact size makes it suitable for smaller spaces.
  • Containers: Thrives in pots and containers, adding texture and structure to patio areas or mixed plantings.
  • Erosion Control: Helps stabilize soil on slopes or embankments due to its dense root system and clumping growth habit.


  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is required other than removing old or damaged foliage and spent flower stems to maintain neatness.
  • Fertilizing: Generally low-maintenance and does not require regular fertilization. A light application of a balanced fertilizer in spring can promote vigorous growth.
  • Pests and Diseases: Generally pest-resistant and not prone to diseases. Occasionally, it may encounter issues such as scale insects or fungal infections in humid conditions.


  • Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 8-11. Suitable for various climates within Australia, including inland and coastal regions.
  • Companion Plants: Pair with other drought-tolerant plants like kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) or coastal rosemary (Westringia) for a low-maintenance landscape.

Propagation: Easily propagated by division of clumps in spring or autumn.

Lomandra confertifolia 'Crackerjack'

Common Name: Crackerjack Lomandra

Botanical Name: Lomandra confertifolia 'Crackerjack'

Family: Asparagaceae

Origin: Cultivar developed for its compact growth and ornamental features