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Spiny-headed mat-rush

Lomandra longifolia

Often used on roadside plantings in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and the USA, due to its high level of drought tolerance. Indigenous Australians used the long, flat, fibrous leaves for weaving. 'Tanika' is an improved compact fine leaf form of Lomandra longifolia, it has a good place in a water-wise garden, providing a show of fine green leaves throughout the year.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Pick seeds as soon as they matured. Cut back every 3-10 years to 15cm above the ground to look more neat.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed as soon as ripe into sandy soil mixture.
Division
Divide clumps in spring and replant immediately.

Special features

Drought resistant
Can withstand long dry periods, but provide mulch over the root zone to assist survival.

Geography

Origin
Australia, eastern parts
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
Indigenous Australians ground the seeds for use in damper (bread) and the base of the leaves contains water and was chewed by those in danger of dehydration.

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Plant with other drought tolerant grasses and shrubs.

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