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Products > Lomandra confertifolia 'Finescape'
 
Lomandra confertifolia 'Finescape' - Finescape 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: Winter/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lomandra confertifolia 'Finescape' (Finescape Mat Rush) - A compact evergreen clump forming grass-like plant to 18 inches tall by as wide with very narrow (1/8" wide) dark green leaves that arch over gracefully. In late spring into early summer appear the tiny yellow fragrant male flowers emerging from reddish buds held tightly to vertical stalks that rise up within the foliage. Plant in full coastal sun to part shade in a well-drained soil and irrigated regularly to occasionally. It is reported to be tolerant of salt spray and with a good resistance to root rot. Hardy to at least to 20 F and useful in USDA Zones 8- 11. Though we have not seen evidence of this yet, it is reportedly tolerant of salt spray and having good resistance to root rot. This should prove to be a nice smaller Lomandra for accent planting in small areas and relatively dry borders, bright understory plantings or in containers. We first became aware of this small cultivar in 2014 when Ball Horticulture first started promoting it but it wasn't until 2019 that we were able to get a plant for our Lomandra collection. Looks like it could be a very nice smaller Lomandra but with the same cultural requirements of a well-draining soil that we recommend for all Lomandra confertifolia cultivars. Not surprisingly, this plant did not perform consistently well in the 2015-2017 University of California Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials in Davis, California where it was planted in flat ground in moderately heavy soil in full sun with inland valley heat. The few plants that did get good (some even rave) ratings were irrigated at the highest rate (80% ETo). As will most Lomandra confertifolia we have grown, this one likely would have done much better planted on a mound and likely would have been better tried in shaded conditions in Davis. A crop failure in the laboratory has since delayed availability of this plant until at least 2020.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Lomandra confertifolia 'Finescape'.
 
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