Spiny-headed mat-rush ( Lo­man­dra longi­fo­lia)

Gardening Australia - - KITCHEN GARDEN -

This com­monly used land­scap­ing plant is also a ver­sa­tile and widely used bush food.

The white leaf-stem base, pulled up from the cen­tre of the 1m-wide clump, is lovely eaten raw in sal­ads, or slow-cooked in but­ter as a caramelised veg­etable. The flower is ed­i­ble and high in nec­tar, and the seed from the fe­male plant is a great nutty ad­di­tion to baked goods. Pre­fer­ring poorer soil and full sun, it grows in all cli­mate zones up the east­ern seaboard.

1–2m 1m

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