Happy 10th birthday TANIKA®
Australia's most popular and reliable landscape plant celebrates 10 years of successful performance in Spring 2012, providing landscapers with tough, functional and beautiful planting solutions.
Tanika is an improved compact fine leaf form of the very popular Lomandra longifolia with superior drought tolerance. It has stunning modern architectural foliage that is evergreen all year round, with attractive yellow flower heads from April to October. Tough, beautiful and functional, Tanika has proven to be one of the most resilient and reliable landscape plants.
Great in roadside plantings, Tanika has been the answer that many landscape architects and contractors have been looking for, providing them with a plant that is evergreen in almost any situation including drought and frost. Tanika is great at out competing weeds. It naturally looks good once established with practically no care or maintenance and most importantly does not grow too tall, growing to a height of approximately 60-65 cm with a spread of 65 cm. Also popular with domestic landscape designers and home gardeners, this stylish native plant has the ability to grow in full sun or part shade in almost any garden design, with very little maintenance.
Tanika's drought tolerance cannot be understated; it can survive through drought conditions with only slight to moderate browning on the ends of the leaves, but when the rain returns it has the ability to green up and look fresh again very quickly. The fine foliage tends to roll or curve during extended dry periods reducing the leaf surface area and the amount of water loss from the plant. Due to the finer leaf on Tanika this effect is hardly noticeable unlike some common forms of Lomandra which can be far more noticeable due to their wider leaf.
The functional and aesthetic appeal of Tanika has earned worldwide recognition. It has been used successfully on roadsides in Texas, California and South Carolina in the USA, around golf courses in Spain, roadsides and home gardens in London and closer to home in New Zealand. For most areas of Australia, Tanika is adaptable in most planting situations. For humid areas, some specialised planting instructions are needed. You can find more information on Tanika and planting specifications here.