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Elegia capensis
Elegia capensis

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Elegia capensis

Restionaceae
Evergreen, Perennials

Native to streamsides and other moist areas in South Africa. Stately, reed-like stems 6 to 8 ft. tall are decorated at evenly spaced nodes with dense whorls of long, feathery branches and golden, papery leaf bracts. Plants spread by rhizomes to form dense clumps up to 7 ft. wide. Small, coppery brown flowers are borne in attractive clusters atop stems from fall into winter. Needs constant moisture and well-drained soil that is not too rich; avoid fertilizers high in phosphorus. Arching stems sway and rustle gently in the wind. Beautiful near swimming pools or ponds. Can also be grown in very large pots.

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