If you want a robust, no fuss clumping plant, Creek Matt Rush (Lomandra hystrix) is ideal. Growing to 1.5 m. it is usually found along creek beds, and has shiny strap like leaves, with a weeping habit. Lomandra hystrix has tiny scented flowers in Spring and Summer. It works beautifully as a feature plant or as a mass planting, and is often used in public spaces.
One common use for Lomandra is as a ground stabiliser on slopes. The deep root system acts as a soil binder, this but also makes it difficult to remove once established, worth bearing in mind before planting. Lomandra hystrix will tolerate full sun however it does better in part shade. It will also tolerate periods of dry but will not look its best. Some gardeners trim back the leaves in spring.
Lomandra longifolia is a hardier, more sun and drought tolerant plant that is widely distributed in Australia. It is now available as tubestock in commercial nurseries. (Ask if you can’t find it.)
I personally prefer the Lomandra hystrix as it has a more graceful look. It is less common than Lomandra longifolia. According to the Australian National Herbarium, Lomandra hystrix occurs in two disjunct areas, in Northern QLD and in South East QLD from Nambour to Northern NSW. So If you source Lomandra hystix from a local native nursery, you will have a rather special lomandra.
This article is part of our Gardening with natives series.