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Elegia capensis
Common Name: Horsetail Restio Family: Restionaceae (The Restio Family)

Elegia capensis
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This spectacular architectural plant is probably the most well known restio in cultivation. It has dense clumps of wiry, deep green stems with ferny “leaves” emerging at each node. Picture a pine tree crossed with an asparagus fern all with arching stems! It's very cool. Ideal in an attractive pot or a protected area of the garden, this species is hardy to minus twelve degrees Celsius and prefers sandy, well-drained soil. E. capensis is endemic to South Africa's Cape Province.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Southern Africa and Madagascar
Native Habitat:
Marshy areas along streams and in seepages, in seasonally wet sandy soil derived from Table Mountain sandstone from the coast to the interior.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourBrown 
TypeGrass  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height4-6'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread2-3'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Loves Sun Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist Dry  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone8b  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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