Herb: Longleaf Mat-Rush


Latin name: Lomandra longifolia


Family: Lomandraceae



Edible parts of Longleaf Mat-Rush:

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

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Scent:
Scented
Perennial

Habitat of the herb:

Banks of creeks, rocky hillsides, cliffs and open forests, in sandy soils in swamps and wet places to the montane zone.

Other uses of Longleaf Mat-Rush:

The leaves contain a tough fibre and they are used in basket making and in weaving. This fibre can also be made into a string.

Propagation of the herb:

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.

Cultivation of Longleaf Mat-Rush:

Banks of creeks, rocky hillsides, cliffs and open forests, in sandy soils in swamps and wet places to the montane zone.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Lomandra longifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.