Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing to 2 to 3 ft. high, equal spread.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Waterwise
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:kon-dro-PET-a-lum tek-TO-rum
Plant type:Ornamental Grass
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 14 - 24
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing to 2 to 3 ft. high, equal spread.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Flower color:Brown
Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
Design IdeasCape rush is particularly well suited to the shores of water gardens and pools, particularly around boulders and in conjunction with rock waterfalls. Really lends the illusion of water in a dry stream bed. Super cool in swanky pots for both Asian and modern garden styles. A versatile plant that offers fine textured interest to broadleaf compositions.
Companion PlantsCombine cape rush with other rugged heat lovers such as Navajo White Autumn Sage, (Salvia greggii 'Navajo White'), Red Rocks Penstemon, (Penstemon x mexicali 'Red Rocks'), Little Ollie Dwarf Olive, (Olea europea 'Montra') and Otto Quast Spanish Lavender, (Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
This unique rush is native to the South African Cape region at the tip of the continent. It is dioecious with separate male and female plants. The genus falls into the newly formed Restio family which is comprised of about 15 genera. The species is found in the wetlands between Clanwilliam and Port Elisableth and can grow to six feet in wild stands. Notoriously difficult to propagate, efforts by the Kirstenbosch Garden have finally brought the plant to the American market.
Lore:
This rush is a valuable roof thatching material within its southern African range.