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.
Reaching up to 3m tall, the stems are thick and divided into sections similar to bamboo plants. Known as the thatching reed in English, Elegia Tectorum is commonly used in thatching roofs and other covers, as well as being used to make brooms and baskets, and has been used as such since the 1700s.
Leaf stems are long and needle-like, dark green, with dark brown sheathes. Leaves grow from nodes, giving it a tail-like appearance when mature.
Small brown flowers bloom in autumn time.
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)