A large strappy leafed plant that grows naturally around fresh water creeks, rivers, lakes and moist gullies. The lomandra hystrix is drought tolerant and hardy, but will look best with occasional watering during dry periods of the year.
An evergreen perennial plant producing a cluster of leaves from the roots and growing about 1 m tall. It produces very small, non-scented, yellow flowers year around. The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for the fibre obtained from its leaves.