Lomandra longifolia – Mat Rush

A hardy perennial suited to a wide range of positions, from sandy soil to clay, sun to part shade. Scented yellow flowers in winter and spring, followed by seeds a month or two after flowering. Common all along the east coast of Australia from Tasmania to Queensland, on sandy soils and swamps. Tolerates dry spells but regular watering will stimulate new growth, can handle wet spells as long as they are not prolonged. Doesn’t like long cold wet periods. Can be used as an indoor plant. The base of the leaves are edible, and foliage can be used for basket making.

Family:Xanthorrhoeacea
Scientific Name:Lomandra longifolia
Common Name:Mat Rush
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial
Height:0.4 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.4 ~ 0.6 metres
Flower Colour:Cream, Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Fragrant
Special Uses:Edible, Erosion control
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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