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Wingarra lomandra (Lomandra confertifolia 'Wingarra') - closeup of flowers. Photo from Ozbreed, Australia

Wingarra lomandra (Lomandra confertifolia 'Wingarra') - closeup of flowers. Photo from Ozbreed, Australia

Lomandra confertifolia 'Wingarra'

Wingarra mat rush

This tough Australian native has slender grass-like foliage and grows 12-18" tall and wide.  It's evergreen, cold and heat tolerant and can cope with a wide range of soil types including sand and clay.  Spikes of small yellow flowers appear in the fall.



Wingarra mat rush Growing and Maintenance Tips

All lomandra are low maintenance, needing little - if any - care.  You can pull or cut any dead leaves out at the base.  Any dead flower stems can also be cut out at the base if they start to look untidy.

If necessary, lomandras can be cut back completely to about 5-6" above the ground.  These cut leaves won't regrow, but new foliage will sprout from the base of the plant.  Plants grow most rapidly when the soil's moist, so this type of drastic pruning is probably best done in early spring or mid-late fall.

Most named selections of mat rush are male, so don't produce seed.  This means that, unlike some non-native true grasses such as Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima) and fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), you won't get seedlings popping up in your garden nor will they become invasive in the wild.  For more information on invasive plants in California and their impact on our open spaces and wildlife, visit Plant Right.

At the nursery, we've been growing several varieties of lomandra since 2006 and haven't had any problems with pests or diseases on any of them.


Height:

12-18 in

Spread:

12-18 in

Spacing:

15-18 in

Lomandra confertifolia 'Wingarra' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Wind resistant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Yellow / Chartreuse

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright

Exposure

  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Light or dappled shade
  • Morning sun
  • Sunny all day - Inland

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Winter
  • Fall

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Sand
  • Clay

Water requirements

  • None
  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant
  • Rabbit resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts bees
  • Attracts beneficial insects

Suggested uses

  • Median strip
  • Green roof
  • Under pine trees
  • Erosion control
  • Groundcover
  • Meadow
  • Firescaping
  • Under eucalyptus
  • Under CA native oaks

Origin

  • Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania