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, the sweet scented flowers provide nectar, the seeds can be ground for flour, and foliage can be used for basket making.
|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|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Division|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Features:||Edible, Erosion control|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Other insects|
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