Winter Interests: Lomandra longifolia ‘Lime Tuff’

February 7, 2020

Welcome back to our blog, Devil Mountaineers!

 

A reminder that all four nursery locations remain closed this Saturday, 2/8/20. We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, 2/10/2020.

 

Business Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 3:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed

 

Today we’re going to dive into another winter spotlight, Lomandra longifolia ‘Lime Tuff’ – also called Lomandra longifolia ‘Lomlon’ or Lomandra longifolia x confertifolia spp. pallida. The name Lomandra comes from purely Greek origins – Loma meaning edge or border, and aner meaning man or male, because of the bordered anthers found in some Lomandra species. The specific epithet longifolia is derived from Latin origins – longi meaning long, and folia meaning leaf. This little evergreen grass-like perennial is also widely known as Dwarf Mat Rush and was first introduced in 2008. Dwarf Mat Rush is a cultivated species of an Australian native – Lomandra longifolia. The parent species Lomandra longifolia was utilized by Aboriginal people, the leaves were used to make strong nets and baskets while the base of the leaves were consumed for their nutritional value.

(By Stickpen – Own work, Public Domain)

A member of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family, Dwarf Mat Rush is particularly hardy and tolerant of a wide variety of environmental conditions, including coastal exposure. This plant grows in a range of sandy soils, tolerant of both sun and shade exposure and all watering regimes; however, it does best with occasional irrigation once established. Dwarf Mat Rush is moderately growing and forms a mound of vivid green foliage 2 – 3 feet high and wide and offers a punch of green pigment throughout the year – providing a winter garden with a splash of color. This is said to be the most fragrant of the Lomandra cultivars, offering a show of delicate perfumed, small yellow flowers arranged along spikes that stand high above basal foliage in spring and summer. There are no serious disease or pests that affect this plant, making it well-suited for mass planting as ground cover, on a green roof, or as a dry border or container companion.

Here at the nursery, we offer ‘Lime Tuff’ in 4”, 1 gallon, 2 gallon, and 3 / 5 gallon pot sizes.

Companion plants for Lomandra: Coneflower (Echinacea), Salvia (Salvia), New Zealand Flax (Phormium) Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

 

SOURCES:

-Photos taken by Amelia Baker at Devil Mountain Nursery – San Ramon unless noted otherwise-

“Lomandra Lime Tuff [‘Lomlon’] PP23,034 – Dwarf Mat Rush.” San Marcos Growers. https://bit.ly/2uuQlux.

“Lomandra longifolia.” Morwell National Park Online. https://bit.ly/31ABrPv.

Tak Yee Ko, Kate. “Lomandra longifolia – Spiny-head Mat-rush, Basket Grass.” Australian National Botanic Gardens. Last modified , 2007. https://bit.ly/31zDqnj.