Cape Rush

Chondropetalum tectorum

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.
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Best with regular watering. Requires less frequent watering, once established.

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Botanical Pronunciationkon-dro-PET-a-lum tek-TO-rum
LoreThis rush is a valuable roof thatching material within its southern African range.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 2 to 3 ft. high, equal spread.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Poolside, Water Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsBest with regular watering. Requires less frequent watering, once established.
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').

Tolerates 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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