Dwarf Mat Rush, Longleaf Matrush, Spiny Headed Matrush

Lomandra longifolia

Family: Lomandraceae
Genus: Lomandra (loh-MAN-druh) (Info)
Species: longifolia (lon-jee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Alpine, California

San Francisco, California

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 5, 2004, conjola from Conjola Park
Australia wrote:

On warm summer days the flowers have a strong fragrance, will grow in almost any soil and aspect, Narrow strap like leaves will arch over rocks or hide ugly concrete edges of water features.
Can be propagated by seed as well as dividing root ball. Plant is suitable for poorly drained areas, heavy shade, frost hardy to -7 degree C, can be used as a rockery plant to trail or spread over rock, will reach more than 50cm high. Can be used as a indoor plant or in tropical areas. Grows to about 60-70cm high and spreads to about 1 metre


On Oct 28, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

Spiny-headed Mat-rush is a common plant of forests and heaths in eastern Australia. It looks mostly like a coarse grass or sedge, but in the spring produces quite pretty spikes of tiny flowers containing sweet nectar. On this species the flower spikes contain spiny bracts at the base of each flower cluster. The name Mat-rush, comes from the popularity of the leaves of this plant for weaving mats and baskets. The leaves are very even in width, which makes them very suitable for weaving. The Ganai people use this plant in many other ways, besides weaving with them. The leaves were pulled and the white base of the leaf was eaten. The flowers were also eated and a sweet drink was made by soaking the flowers in water.
The plants are often used in gardens of native plants and are easily... read more