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Cape thatching reed

Elegia tectorum

Dekriet (Afr)

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A tufted reed belonging to the family of Cape reeds (restios) with cluster of seed heads on the tips. Some plants can reach up to 1.5m high and can grow in a variety of soil types, but prefers moist well drained soils, but as it matures can handle more arid conditions. Planted en-mass it makes a stunning display when moving and swaying in the breeze. It makes a lovely addition to an indigenous garden when cobined with other fynbos and proteas.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvesting thatching reeds occurs just as the new growth appears and reeds cut just above the new growth shoots (being careful not to damage the growth tips).

Propagation

Seed
The seed is extremely small. Sow into seeding trays in Autumn. Place a layer of sand on top. Keep moist. Germination time is 3-8 weeks.

Special features

Drought resistant
Once established, it is fairly drought resistant.
Wet sites
Grows happily in bog and marsh areas.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Western and Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Mediterranean in moist soil

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Thatching
Reeds are tradionally used in thatching roofs.

Personality

Family
Restionaceae
Flower colour
Brown
Scent
None

Problems

Relatively pest and disease free.

Companion plants

Proteas, pincushions, ericas and other fynbos species

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