Chondropetalum tectorumItem #3864 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
Small, unique plant forms broad clumps of thin erect jointed stems; excellent used in mass plantings or as a garden specimen. Highly adaptable, it accepts relatively dry conditions or wet ares such as the shallows of a pond. Useful in seaside gardens. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kon-dro-PET-a-lum tek-TO-rumPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 14 - 24Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 2 to 3 ft. high, equal spread.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousFlower color:BrownDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationTolerates a wide range of soil types. 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.