Elegia capensis /Broom Reed, Horsetail Restio

Elegia capensis  / Elegia capensis
Grass-like foliage
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Grass-like foliage

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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Scientific Name: Elegia capensis
Common Name: Broom Reed, Horsetail Restio
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Moist
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: 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.