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A picture of a Calopsis

Calopsis

Restio paniculatus

Also known as

Besemgoed (Afr.)

Photo by linkie (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

8m

1.5m

Min

4m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Calopsis

A close up of a Restio paniculatus plant in flower
A close up of some Restio paniculatus flowers
A close up of some flowering Restio paniculatus
A close up of some Restio paniculatus
Some Restio paniculatus growing in the wild

Calopsis Overview

Restio paniculatus is a bushy evergreen perennial species in the Restionaceae family. Endemic to the southwestern Cape of South Africa, these rush-like flowering plants make attractive ornamental garden plants. This plant produces underground rhizomes, these are plant stems that are modified to grow horizontally, typically under the soil surface. Capable of growing to 2m in height, this plant spreads wider than it does tall, with a maximum spread of 8m. Foliage is rush-like, coloured olive green and may have purple speckling. It has a bushy, branching habit and is not hardy, its advisable to keep above freezing temperatures, plant in a position of full sun, in well-draining soil for optimal growth. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape.

How to propagate Calopsis

Division

Recommended to divide rhizomes in early spring.

Seed

Soak seed in warm water for 24 hours prior to sowing, germination is optimal between 16-18 degrees Celsius.

Special features of Calopsis

Attractive leaves

Wet sites