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Thatching reed

Thamnochortus spicigerus

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Decorative South African restio (indigenous reed) often used for thatching. Makes a lovely feature in the garden with the dark brown spikelets that adds an excellent contrast to a garden. Good for low maintenance gardens.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Once ripe, the bracts open and the seeds readily fall out, and are dispersed by wind.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in autumn, when the days are still warm, between 20–25°C and the nights are cool, between 8–10°C. Seeds require smoke treatment in a smoke tent for 30 minutes.
Division
Divide just before the crop of the new shoot emerges from the ground, in early or midwinter.

Special features

Pot plant
Particularly well suited to specimen container gardening.
Hedge plant
Make a beautiful lower hedge screen.

Geography

Origin
Western Cape, South Africa

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Restionaceae
Flower colour
Brown, feathery flowers.
Scent
None

Problems

It is subject to damping off as seedlings, if it is over watered, or if there is little or no air movement.

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