Common Names: thatching reed, small cape rush
syn. Chondropetalum elephantinum
Origin: South Africa
Type: Perennial shrub
Size: 5 ft. high and 6 ft. wide.
Flowers: Dark green reed-like stems grow from dense basal clump. Each stem is banded with chocolate bracts that lighten to a golden-color before they are shed.
Uses: Border, tub, ornamental, background, screen. Stunning container plant in part shade. Strong and durable. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Deer resistive, rabbit resistive.
Soil: Generally well-drained, but tolerates a variety, including heavy clay soil.
Water: Low. Tolerates more. Medium if in container.
Sun: Full sun or some shade.
Pruning: Cut old shoots to the ground as new shoots start in spring.
Pests & Diseases: (None found.)
Notes: Creates architectural interest. Still used for roofs and brooms today in its native South Africa. Can be aggressive. Hardy to 10° F.