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Elegia tectorum

Common names: Cape Thatching Reed (E); Kaapse Dekriet (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Grass

Elegia tectorum

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

HIGH WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

AVERAGE SIZE:

1.5m x 1.5m

Elegia tectorum

DESCRIPTION

An attractive evergreen plant with a reed-like appearance. It has a cluster of dark-green stems with a neat profile. Dark brown flowers appear at the tips of the culms.

WATER REQUIREMENTS
This plant needs constantly damp conditions and will require daily watering if in a container.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
Well suited to waterside planting. They combine will with proteas, ericas and pincushions.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Formal, Grassland, Rockery, Water
FOLIAGE
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.

4 Responses

  1. Hi Blackie

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Chondorpetalum tectorum is quite hardy though it tends to prefer moist conditions.

    Check the situation in your desired planting position and perhaps start with a couple of plants first.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Arthur and Wilma

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Do not cut back the entire plant back as it will take a long time to recover and if done too severely, may kill the plant. Rather remove any dead stems from the outside of the plant.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  3. Ek het hulp nodig asb. Ons woon in Struisbaai en het Kaapse dekriet in ons erf. Ons wil dit graag afsny sodat daar nuwe takkies kan uitgroei maar is onseker wanneer dit hul snytyd is.
    Groete Arthur en Wilma Botha

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