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Horsetail Restio

Elegia capensis

Also known as

Broom reed

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

5m

1.5m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Horsetail Restio Overview

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.

Common problems with Horsetail Restio

Horsetail Restios are generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

    How to harvest Horsetail Restio

    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.

    How to propagate Horsetail Restio

    Division

    Divide the rootball in the beginning of the rainy season.

    Seed

    Sow seeds directly in autumn.

    Special features of Horsetail Restio

    Attractive leaves

    Wet sites

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