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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