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Chondropetalum tectorum

Small Cape Rush

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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Chondropetalum tectorum
Principal Common Name Small Cape Rush
Common Name(s)
Description Similar looking to grasses and sedges, South African restios differ in that they have their inflorescence at the tip of the culms, which are mostly solid, the leaves have no blades but leafsheats only, which occurs at nodes along the culms. The leafsheats is always split down to the base and may persist or drop off. C. tectorum is native to marshes, but will grow with regular water or even tolerate drought after the annual new growth cycle. Prefers poor soil.
General Comments
Nativity South Africa
Height Range 2 - 3 FT
Spread Range 3 - 4 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones 8 : 9 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Green
Leaf Texture Grass-like
Form Graminoid
Flower Color Brown
Flower Time Summer : Fall
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Moist : Poor
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : Medium
Outstanding Features Container Plant : Drought tolerant : Evergreen : Form : Poor Soil tolerant : Seaside tolerant

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