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Elegia capensis

Family: Restionaceae
Genus: Elegia (el-EE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: capensis (ka-PEN-sis) (Info)

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is fire-retardant
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arroyo Grande, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Livermore, California
Los Alamitos, California
Mckinleyville, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Monica, California
Yachats, Oregon
Plano, Texas

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