Plant name: Spiny headed mat rush
Plant type: strappy leaf / native lilies
Origin: NSW, VICTORIA, QLD, WA, SA & TASMANIA
Cultural notes: fast growing, very hardy and long lived. Will grow in full sun or part shade in most soil conditions.
Maintenance: may be pruned to remove thatch and promote new growth
Tolerates: high drought tolerance & frost hardy, damp conditions to occasional flooding
Flowering season: spring through to summer
Flower colour: small clusters of cream to yellow perfumed bracts on flower spikes. The heavily scented nectar on flowers can attract pollinating beetles.
Foliage colour: tough narrow arching glossy green strap-like flat leaves 40-100cm long which grow from an underground stem and are usually taller than the flowering stem. The leaf bases are broad and their tips are prominently toothed.
Height: up to 0.8m
Plant spacing: 30cm apart for mass planting or 50cm apart for specimen planting
Recommended uses: specimen or mass planting, rockeries, container plant including for indoors, used in median strip and roadside planting, filler and background plant in home gardens, the leaves provide a safe habitat for lizards and other small animals.
Description: large perennial tussock grass with strong architectural shape forms dense tussocks of stiff, long flat leaves