Elegia Capensis - Unusual Restio ( Bamboo / Grass )
A Restio is an unusual class of pants, falling somewhere between bamboo, rushes, grasses and horsetail, but related to none of them. They are all native to South Africa.
Elegia capensis is a very architectural plant, growing tall stems from underground rhizomes. The stems are quite thick and divided into sections similar to bamboo plants and can be up to 3 m tall. Each node is circled with clumps of long, needle like leaves, which give the plant its horsetail-like appearance. The plants form a thick forest of stems and can eventually occupy quite a large space if the rhizomes are not kept in check.
Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Providing the plant is well protected with a winter mulch it will reshoot from the ground
Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)