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Products > Lomandra longifolia 'Katrinus Deluxe' PP19,262
Lomandra longifolia 'Katrinus Deluxe' PP19,262 - Katrinus Deluxe 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
Parentage: (L. longifolia 'Katrinus' hybrid)
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 'Katrinus Deluxe' PP19,262 (Katrinus Delux Matt Rush) - An evergreen perennial with narrow pine-green strap-shaped leaves. Growing much smaller than the species, this cultivar reaches to 2 to 3 feet tall and spreads to about the same. Its medium green, thick, strap-like leaves are accented small, tightly clustered cream-yellow flowers on inflorescence that sit at or just above the foliage. 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 so long as the soil drains freely and it tough enough to be used fairly close to the beach. Hardy to around 18 F. This is a tough and useful cultivar that is good for mass plantings in difficult situations. This plant comes from Australian plant breeder Todd Layt who selected this plant in 1999 as a spontaneous seedling hybrid discovered in a block of Lomandra longifolia 'Katrinus' at a nursery in New South Wales, Australia. `Katrinus Deluxe' was selected for its dense plant growth habit, medium-tall plant height, narrow-medium leaf width, large inflorescence size and presence of male flowers only. It is somewhat similar to the popular cultivar 'LM300' that is marketed as Breeze in the US or Tanika in Australia, but 'Katrinus Deluxe' is noted to be faster growing with slightly wider leaves and better tolerant to moist soils and humidity compared to Breeze. We can speak to how tough this plant is because, after getting trial plants in April 2009, we put plants up into 1 gallon containers in our stock corral and literally forgot about them for 10 years, only discovering them growing hidden by an overgrown block of another larger plant. All of the original trial plants of 'Katrinus Deluxe' we not only alive but they all looked great! That they could handle such abuse, tells us just how tough this plant really is. The plant was introduced in the United States by Dig Plants and holds U.S. Plant Patent PP19,262 granted on September, 2008. 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.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Lomandra longifolia 'Katrinus Deluxe' PP19,262.