Elegia capensis /Broom Reed, Horsetail Restio
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Long arching stems of foliage
Large clump of the Broom Reed which is showing some drought stress
Typical jointed stems with tufts of foliage around each joint or node
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Broom Reed, Horsetail Restio
9, 10, 11
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2 -3 feet
Susceptible to insects
At first glance this perennial looks very much like the common Horsetail plant. Stems grow from underground rhizomes which are thick. At each joint or node on the stems there are clumps of long, needle-like branches which give the plants a horsetail like appearance. Planted primarily for its foliage. This plant requires a great deal of water and plants should not dry out between waterings. It will grow and flourish in bogs and other wet areas in locations not subject to freezing temperatures.
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