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Spiny Headed Mat Rush
Characteristics: Tuffed herb 70 cm spread 70 cm
Seeds per packet: 25
An extremely versatile and hardy plant that will grow almost anywhere. On warm summer days the flower spikes produce a pleasant perfume and the leaves are strap-like forming tussocks.
Lomandra longifolia will accept waterlogged or dry soils and will grow happily in containers. Lomandra’s tough leaves were dried by Aboriginal people, split and braided to make bags and baskets.
The plant also provided the indigenous people with seeds which were ground into a flour to make cakes. The tender leaf bases were eaten.
Endemic to most Australian states except the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Adaptable to most soils and positions but grows more vigorously in moist soils, including full sun to 90% shade, drought and frost resistant.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 23-25°C
To assist in the uptake of moisture for germination to occur seed best soaked in warm water for 24-48 hrs prior to sowing.
Warm water soak is recommended for this species.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.