Lomandra longifolia subsp. longifolia|Spiny-headed Mat-rush, Karawun

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Dense perennial tussock. Male and female flowers on separate plants.
Size (W x H)
0.5-1m x 0.5-1.2m
Smooth bright green strap-like leaves 0.5-1m x 2-4mm, flat to slightly curved, tip 2- to 3-pointed.
Flower spikes to 15cm long of scented flowers in rings, male unbranched, less than 3cm wide; female may be unbranched. Stem of spike purplish. Spiky bracts about equal to each flower cluster. Capsules orange.
Flower colour
Flower time
October to December
Growing conditions
Well drained dry to rocky soils in foothill woodlands and forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi to dappled shade.
Commonly used for
Excellent landscaping plant, very tolerant of a range of conditions including dry shade. Provides a vertical line in the garden.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory