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Broom Reed, Horsetail Restio
Elegia capensis

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


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


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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Gardeners' Notes:

No details have been posted.