Twizzler

By Admin on 18-06-2014

It’s all about the unique sculptural foliage of this landscape sedge. Twizzler’s cylindrical stems are twisted, glaucous and like nothing, you have encountered before. Twizzler caused much excitement when it emerged among the thousands of sedges we grow here.  "The first time I saw this new plant I knew that this was going to be something very special," said Craig Waters, Managing Director of Gardeners Planthub.

After extensive trialling in our nursery and at the Ozbreed demonstration garden in Windsor, Sydney, TWIZZLER Lepironia articluata ‘LA20’ is now a registered with a PBR (Plant Breeders Rights) plant.

Twizzler is well suited to areas where its architectural element can be best appreciated. This includes:

· courtyard garden water pots

  • · landscape ponds
  • · drainage lines
  • · reed beds for wastewater systems
  • · bog gardens
  • · rain gardens
  • · constructed wetlands.

Accentuate the properties of Twizzler by using it with bold colours, for example in pots with a brightly painted wall behind. Blue or grey themed gardens would benefit from its inclusion. Twizzler is a stand out in the formal garden.

Twizzler is a shorter growing form of Lepironia, growing up to 1.3 metres tall x 700mm wide (at the basal clump), the lower foliage can spread to 1 metre or so. It grows well in freshwater from 100mm-500mm deep and in full sun to 70% shade. Twizzler has proven itself in protected coastal aspects as well as inland climates where it will remain evergreen to -5C.

A wide range of soil types will be tolerated by Twizzler, including sandy & clay loam, waterlogged soil and even heavy clays.

The foliage remains very ‘clean’ so trimming is minimal. Every 3-5 years in spring, trim back foliage to 100 to 200 mm above the ground. Flowers are not the reason to grow this plant, however, 30-40mm conical seed heads which are present much of the year are quite attractive.

Gardeners Planthub sells Twizzler in Tube 10 Packs. We recommend planting rates of 5-7 individuals per square metre for mass planting and 1 to 3 plants per square metre for specimen planting.

Go on, dare to be different……find a home for some Twizzler in your landscape.

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