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Difficult to grow fynbos and protea seeds

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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

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.

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.

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.

Leucadendron argenteum

Commonly known as Silver Tree

  • Grows into a spectacular 10m tree, with large silver leaves.
  • Flowers in spring.
  • It produces beautiful large cones.
  • Excellent cut foliage - grey to sliver - very popular with florists.
  • This species grows on moist slopes in granite clay.
  • It is endemic to Table Mountain
  • Unfortunately, it can be unpredictable in cultivation.

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

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.

Protea magnifica seed

Commonly known as the Queen Protea

  • Grows to 2.5m erect to sprawling shrub.
  • Large, heavily bearded white to pink flowers that make a good cut flower.
  • Difficult to grow.
  • Flowering occurs between Oct-Dec.



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.

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

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