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Lomandra longifolia - Labill.

Common Name Longleaf Mat-Rush
Family Lomandraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Banks of creeks, rocky hillsides, cliffs and open forests, in sandy soils in swamps and wet places to the montane zone[154, 156].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lomandra longifolia Longleaf Mat-Rush


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lomandra longifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Beetles.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Flowers - raw. A flavour of fresh peas. Both sexes are used though the male flowers are easier to harvest[144]. White leaf bases - raw[193]. A flavour of green peas, they are refreshing and enjoyable[144].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Basketry;  Fibre;  Weaving.

The leaves contain a tough fibre and they are used in basket making and in weaving[154, 193]. This fibre can also be made into a string[156].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. It succeeds in most soils and aspects in Australian gardens, also tolerating occasional flooding[157], and it also withstands temperatures down to at least -7°c in that country[157]. However, this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. Other members of this genus are also said to have edible flowers[144, 193]. The flowers are rich in a heavy-smelling nectar and this attracts pollinating beetles[193]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in late winter or early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Division might also be possible.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Labill.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

peter@wirreandanursery.com.au   Thu Jan 12 2006

Mature plants do not transplant or divide well. Avoid root disturbance.

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