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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: 2-4 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 smaller than typical plants of the the species, this cultivar reaches to 3 to 4 feet tall and spreads to about the same. Its medium green, thick, strap-like leaves are accented with small, tightly clustered cream-yellow flowers in the inflorescence that sits 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. It 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 I more tolerant of moisture and humidity compared to Breeze. We can speak to how tough this plant is because after getting trial plants in April 2009 we put them 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' were not only still alive but they also looked great! That they good handle such abuse, tells us just how tough this cultivar 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 on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will 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 'Katrinus Deluxe' PP19,262.
 
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