Restios in the Garden
Plant list from Ginny Hunt
February 9, 2005 meeting
- Cannamois virgata
12' x 12', nice pink new shoots, feathery culms, the biggest.
- Chondropetalum tectorum
Most commonly available species. Cold hardy, nice dark green culms, 5-6', has been used for thatching.
- Elegia capensis
Somewhat available in nurseries. Looks like a giant fluffy horsetail. Can get 8' high by wider than that. In nature can grow in water.
- Elegia cuspidata
Simple culms (not fluffy), dark chestnut seed heads, 2' tall.
- Elegia equisetacea
Ginny brought a specimen in a container. Golden seed heads. simple culms (not fluffy), 4' tall.
- Ischyrolepis sieberi
3' tall, fluffy lump
- Ischyrolepis subverticillata
Ginny brought cut foliage. will take part shade. can get 6'+ tall. branched (horsetail) culms.
- Restio quadratus
Square stems, fluffy foliage. 6'tall and wider than that.
- Rhodocoma arida
Simple (unbranched) blue gray culms. Narrow columns to 5-6'
- Rhodocoma capensis
Fluffy (branched) culms. Dark green in appearance. Fairly upright growth to 6'+
- Rhodocoma gigantea
Fluffy growth, foliage to 4', flower stems to 8'. chestnut flowers on male plants
- Staberoha distachya
16" perfect mound with wiry green stems, chestnut seed heads.
- Thamnochortus cinereus
Fluffy tight mound to 5', silvery flowers held on stems to 7'
- Thamnochortus fruticosus
Ginny brought a specimen in a large container. Spreads by short rhizomes, fluffy foliage to 6-8"
- Thamnochortus insignis
Used for thatching. hemispheric mound to 8'h/wider. Simple culms.
- Thamnochortus schlecteri
Short and fluffy, so far. Shiny bronze seed heads. To 16" so far.