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Restio Catalog

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Grow Restios Book

A full-colour paper-back guide to the propagation and cultivation of some South African restios. This booklet was written by the experts in this field and has colour photographs from the Kirstenbosch Collection.

Contents
  • Introduction
  • The Kirstenbosch Restio Garden
  • Propogation
  • Cultivation
  • A guide to restios in cultivation
  • Restios in cultivation:a summary of characteristics
  • Kirstenbosch seeds and sedd primer by mail order
  • Availability of restio plants
  • Further reading
  • Index

The book is A5 size and has 32 pages.

R80.00

Elegia capensis

Commonly known as Fonteinriet, Horsetail restio, Besemriet

  • This is a very striking, graceful species growing in clumps to a height of 2m.
  • They were originally described as horsetails, due to the whorl like appearance of the foliage.
  • They flower in spring for about 3 weeks, producing golden brown flowers, which are popular in the cut flower industry.
  • This is probably one of the most well known cultivated restios.
  • They can be grown in full sun or semi-shade and prefer marshy areas.
  • Seeds should be sown in autumn
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8
R0.70

Restio festucaeformis

Commonly known as Groengrasriet

  • This is a fast growing restio, growing to a height of 0.4m and width of 0.6m
  • ideal size for a smaller garden.
  • It has bright green stems with beautiful, feathery golden brown bracts in Spring which become dark brown seed heads in late Spring to early summer.
  • They enjoy damp, marshy positions and prefer being planted in groups of 3 or more.
  • Seeds should be planted in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
R0.70

Thamnochortus lucens

Commonly known as Jakkalsstert - which in english is Jackal's Tail

  • This is one of the smaller restios growing to a height of around 1m.
  • It consists of attractive dark brown flower heads and would be an elegant and decorative addition to any garden - especially smaller gardens.
  • They enjoy well drained, gravely soil and should be planted in the full sun.
  • They are striking standing alone or planted in a clump.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8
  • Seeds should be planted in autumn.
R0.70

Thamnochortus cinereus

Commonly known as Silver Reed

  • This is one of the smaller restios growing to a height of around 0.8m.
  • The female plant consists of attractive rich, golden flower heads with greyish shoots.
  • It is one of the most colorful restios flowering through winter to early spring.
  • The male plant has silvery flowers that are attractive for 3 months.
  • It enjoys wetter, well drained areas and can be planted in containers, amongst rocks or in small groups.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Seeds should be sown in autumn.
R0.70

Elegia tectorum

Commonly known as Thatching Reed, Dekriet

  • This was the reed originally used for thatching, but has been replaced by Thamnocortus Insignus, which has longer stems.
  • It grows to a height of 1m with a spread of the same.
  • It has thin dark green stems with nearly black sheaths making it a very attractive and popular ornamental plant.
  • Flowering occurs in autumn and lasts for about a month.
  • Sow seeds in autumn
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Previously known as Chondropetalum tectorum
R0.70

Thamnochortus insignis

Commonly known as Thatching Reed

  • Their heavy stems make them ideal for thatching.
  • They grow to a height of 2m and should be planted in a position of full sun.
  • They consist of very attractive tussocks - and are beautiful ornamental plants, which can be grown in the open, in rockeries and also in pots.
  • They can be planted in moist or dry sandy locations.
  • Flowering occurs in summer and lasts for about 4 weeks.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Are hardy to USDA zone 8.
R0.70

Thamnochortus rigidus

  • This is a lovely, showy species for smaller gardens.
  • It grows to a height of about 80cm and will thrive in a moist position in your garden – either in full sun or light shade.
  • It would also be a good species to grow in a pot.
  • It has very attractive seed heads appearing in summer.
  • It is a hardy species and would be a great addition to any garden.
  • Seeds should be sown in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
R0.70

Elegia macrocarpa

  • This is one of the smaller restios growing to around 1m tall.
  • The female plant  consists of attractive dark brown berry-like flower heads.
  • The male plant has smaller dark, brown spikelets growing close together along the stems.
  • Both are very attractive and popular as accent plants and also are very striking when grown in clumps in the bigger gardens.
  • It enjoys dry areas.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Previously known as Dovea macrocarpa
R0.70

Thamnochortus spicigerus

  • This robust species forms large tussocks, growing to a height of 1.5m.
  • The stems, because of their heaviness, are used for thatching.
  • This attractive species grows in acidic or alkaline soils and does well in hot, windy, coastal areas.
  • It is long lived and the clumps increase by means of their strong rhizomes.
  • It is a stunning accent plant and grows well with other fynbos species.
  • Flowering occurs from autumn to winter.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy t.o USDA zone 8
R0.70