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Products > Lomandra longifolia Breeze ['LM300'] PP15,420
Lomandra longifolia Breeze ['LM300'] PP15,420 - Dwarf Mat Rush

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Lomandra longifolia 'Tanika']
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lomandra longifolia Breeze PP15,420 ['LM300'] (Dwarf Mat Rush) - An evergreen perennial with narrow deep green strap-shaped leaves that are curiously cut as though with pinking shears at the tips. Growing much smaller than the species, this cultivar reaches to 24 to 40 inches tall and spreads to about the same. Its medium green, thick, strap-like leaves are accented by spiny flower spikes with tiny creamy yellow male flowers, lightly scented like sweet honey in the afternoon. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions and requires little to no maintenance once established. Plant in full sun to moderate shade. This is a drought tolerant plant once established, particularly when grown in some shade along the coast, but can also tolerate regular irrigation or even wet soils. Hardy to below 20 F - plants were undamaged in a landscape north of Atlanta, Ga. after a temperature was recorded of 16 F and there are reports of it surviving in an Alabama garden down to 14 F. A useful plant for mass plantings in difficult situations, including the Eucalyptus understory. This plant performed moderately well in irrigation tests conducted by the breeder using saline water and can be used in seaside plantings and sites irrigated with reclaimed water. This plant comes from Australian plant breeder Todd Layt who selected this plant in 1998 as a vegetative sport from within a block of Lomandra longifolia 'Katrinus' that was growing in a nursery in New South Wales, Australia. It was selected for its deep green color and finer texture, a result of having narrower leaf width than most Lomandra longifolia selections. It was first released in Australia in March 2002 and registered under Plant Breeders Rights in Australia and New Zealand as Lomandra longifolia 'LM300' but was marketed under the name Lomandra longifolia 'Tanika'. The plant was introduced in the United States by VersaScapes of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina using the marketing name Lomandra Breeze and holds U.S. Plant Patent 15,420 granted on December 14, 2004. The name Lomandra comes from the Greek words 'loma' meaning "margin" and 'andros' meaning "male" and is in reference to a circular margin on the anthers. The specific epithet 'longifolia' means "long leaves". The genus Lomandra has long been placed with the Australian Grass Trees in the Xanthorrhoaceae or related Dasypogonaceae and more in its own family, the Lomandraceae, or combined with the Cordyline into the Laxmanniaceae, but current treatment is to put it in the subfamily Lomandroideae in the Asparagaceae. We have grown this plant at our nursery since 2004.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Lomandra Breeze PP15,420 [ 'LM300'].