Australian Native - Mat Rush - Lomandra longifolia
Australian Native - Mat Rush - Lomandra longifolia
Australian Native - Mat Rush - Lomandra longifolia
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Australian Native - Mat Rush - Lomandra longifolia

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Lomandra longifolia is a hardy perennial suited to a wide range of positions, from sandy soil to clay, sun to part shade.

It bears 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 is often used in basket making.  Seeds can be dried and ground and used like flour.

The pale green base of the pulled leaves (removed in tufts) can be chewed with a flavor resembling raw cabbage or fresh baby peas.

The long stems of the grasses can be used for making dilly bags and for weaving into mats and fishing nets. When split, tied in bundles and soaked, they become a very pliable weaving “threads” that are quite durable and holds its shape when dry. For this reason, Lomandra longifolia is also nicknamed “basket grass”.

The seed heads (that look like popping corn) can be ground down to make bread. They are soaked overnight, then ground down to release the white and black seeds. These are mixed with Bunya nuts, Kurrijong seeds and Kangaroo grass to form a paste which is moulded and cooked in the ashes of the fire for approximately half an hour to make a traditional damper.

Useful for erosion control, weed suppressing, mass planting, ground cover, feature planting. Grows to approx. 1.2 metres. Almost zero maintenance, however fertiliser will help it look its best.

 

10 seeds per packet