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.

Scientific Name:Lomandra longifolia
Family:Xanthorrhoeacea
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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Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.