Mat Rush (Lomandra)

Latin Name: Lomandra

Description: A tussock or rush like plant. It grows 1 m high. It spread 60 cm to 1 m wide. It keeps growing from year to year. The root system is crowded into a clump. The leaves are long and narrow. They are tough but flexible. They can be 1 m long by 1 cm wide. They have flat or slightly in-rolled edges. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. They are tiny and cream coloured. They are about 4 mm long and grouped in clusters 1-2 cm long. These are also grouped along flattened flowering branches 60 cm long. There is a sharp pointed spiny bract 2 cm long at the base of each flower. They flowers are fragrant.















Notes: This strappy leaf plant is often used on roadside plantings in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and the USA, due to its high level of drought tolerance. The breeding of more compact finer leaf forms has made Lomandra longifolia popular as an ever green grass like plant in home plantings.

Edibility Rating out of 5: 2

Medicinal Rating out of 5: 0












Edible Uses: 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.

Other Uses: Basketry; Fibre; Weaving.

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.



9 thoughts on “Mat Rush (Lomandra)

    1. admin Post author

      Yes Annelies,
      indigenous Australians pound the seeds and baked them in little cakes. I tried it myself and they have quite a nice flavour.

  1. Aimee Clark

    I’ve been trying to make flour from the seeds but neither boiling or roasting allows the rock hard seeds to soften or break in order to grind. Any tips?!

    1. admin Post author

      Hello Aimee, thank you for your comment.
      I have collected the seeds and found that it was quite easy to crash with the mortar and pestel.
      Maybe you found a tough plant?

  2. Dale McNeil

    Annalies, I had the exact same question, do you know of anywhere that is currently growing Lomandra for food products?

    1. admin Post author

      Hello Dale,
      thank you for your comment.
      I am not aware of anyone growing it for food.
      Maybe something to look into?

      1. Raven

        Bush tucker as commercial enterprise should be ran by first nation mob. They are beginning to get things to market which are appropriate ( some totem relationships are too sacred) but suffer generational dissadvantave in having the wealth needed for such endeaver. Look up australian first nation bush food alliance and Mayi harvest.
        Havent we taken enough?

        1. admin Post author

          Indeed Raven,
          I totally agree with you. If a commercial quantity is needed it should be sourced by Forst Nation’s owned companies. Thank you for your comment.


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