Cape Thatching Reed
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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.
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).
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.
Once established, it is fairly drought resistant.
Grows happily in bog and marsh areas.
South Africa, Western and Eastern Cape
Mediterranean in moist soil
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Reeds are tradionally used in thatching roofs.
Relatively pest and disease free.
Proteas, pincushions, ericas and other fynbos species
by Sharon Turner, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, & Hanneke Jamieson, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, August 2001. Updated August 2016 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)