Lomandra confertifolia 'Little Con' (Small Mat Rush) - A small grass-like plant that forms lime-green tussocks to 1 foot tall and spreads slowly to an equal distance with very narrow 8-inch-long greenish-yellow leaves and small spikes of cream flowers that bloom within the foliage from spring and summer.
Tolerates most well-draining soils in full sun to light shade with occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to moderate cold - probably to ~ 15° F. Rejuvenates well when cut back to a couple inches tall in fall to spring. Great for a low edging or in mass as a low maintenance groundcover that contrasts well with darker colored foliage.
This is a dwarf selection of the variable, eastern Australian(Queensland, New South Wales) Mat-rush, Lomandra confertifolia. Lomandra are dioecious plants with male and female flowers on separate plants but we never noted 'Little Con' in flower so we do not know whether it is male or female plant - if you know, please tell us. We did a trial planting of this plant in 2007 but at the time thought its yellow green color was a nutritional problem. Once we realized that this was the typical color for this plant we were able to better appreciate it. Our thanks go out to O'Connell of Australian Native Plants for pointing this out and for allowing us to use her picture of this plant. It was being marketed in the US by Ball Horticultural and we grew it from 2008 until 2010 but sadly this unique plant appears to no longer be grown by any US nursery.
Information about Lomandra confertifolia 'Little Con' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.