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Products > Lomandra Lime Tuff ['Lomlon'] PP23,034
Lomandra Lime Tuff ['Lomlon'] PP23,034 - 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
Synonyms: [L. 'Lime Tough', 'Bushland Green', 'Little Pal']
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Lomandra Lime Tuff ['Lomlon'] PP23,034 (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. This hybrid cultivar grows upright and reaches to 3 to 4 feet tall, spreading to nearly the same width. Its green, thick, strap-like leaves are accented by delicately fragrant small yellow flowers arranged along spiny spikes that rise up within the foliage - though not showy this plant can nicely perfume the garden in late afternoon when in flower.

Plant in full sun to moderate shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently once established. Hardy to around 15 F. perhaps slightly lower. In the UC Davis Irrigation Field Trials for Landscape Plants this cultivar received very high marks both in sun and shade at all watering regimes, but particularly in the lower irrigation treatments (20-40% Eto). The observation of this plant from this study is that it is more upright in appearance than the similar Lomandra Breeze with slightly broader foliage. We have further noted that it is one of the most fragrant of the smaller Lomandra that we grow.

This plant was thought to have originated at Bushland Flora Nursery in Mt Evelyn, Victoria in Australia where it first received Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) under the name 'Lime Tuff' and was first released in Australia in April 2008. In its PBR application it is listed as an open pollinated hybrid of Lomandra longifolia with the other parent presumed to be Lomandra confertifolia, but has being marketed in the US just as a cultivar of Lomandra longifolia and under several different cultivar names. Though this plant had been introduced in Australia as Lomandra 'Lime Tuff', we first received it in June 2011 from Ball Horticulture as Lomandra longifolia 'Bushland Green', but they later marketed it as "Lime Tough" after the plant received its US Plant Patent under the cultivar name 'Lomlon' in 2012 - another confusing situation where a plant changes it original cultivar name when introduced into the US!

In its US Plant Patent application this plant is claimed to be the result of a controlled breeding program from crossing Lomandra longifolia with L. confertifolia, which differs from the Australian Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) description of it being the result of open pollination, meaning it was pollinated by chance from an unknown source. Another interesting issue with this plant is that Lime Tuft ['Lomlon'] is sometimes marketed just as a Lomandra longifolia cultivar and not a hybrid at all.

The story gets even more complicated as this variety was embroiled in legal issues down under with a determination that this plant is genetically the same as the older unprotected variety Lomandra confertifolia ssp. pallida 'Little Pal', that originated at Kuranga Native Nursery. With this determination the Plant Breeder's Rights were revoked (terminated) on May 14, 2016 but it has retained the US Plant Patent - one really has to love these plant controversies! We are licensed to propagate and sell this plant by contract with Star Roses and Plants and we use the cultivar name 'Lomlon', but as a marketing name we use Lime Tuff as it was first introduced as in Australia. 

This information about Lomandra Lime Tuff ['Lomlon'] PP23,034 displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.