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Elegia capensis (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)
Elegia capensis (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)

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Elegia capensis

Restionaceae
Evergreen, Perennials

Native to streamsides and other moist areas in South Africa. Stately, reed-like stems to 6–8 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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