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Horsetail restio

Elegia capensis

Horsetail (Eng.), Besemriet, Fonteinriet, Katstert, Kanet (Afr.)

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Horsetail Restios have tall bamboo-like stems and soft, feathery, needle-like leaves that will enhance swimming pool areas, larger water features, and areas around dams. While generally low maintenance, when the stems become untidy they can be pruned down to ground level and sometimes the entire clump needs to be cut down in spring to encourage healthy, new growth.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest the golden brown flowers in spring to use for cut flowers. Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed and allow seedheads to dry on plants. Remove and collect seeds.

Propagation

Division
Divide the rootball in the beginning of the rainy season.
Seed
Sow seeds directly in autumn.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, from Clanwilliam in the Western Cape Province to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province,
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Restionaceae
Flower colour
White to creamy brown.
Scent
None

Problems

Horsetail Restios are generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

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