Elegia fenestrata

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Restio
Family:
Restionaceae (The Restio Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
4-5 feet plus
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring
Flower Color:
Gold
Exposure:
Sun or light shade
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
Elegia fenestrata grows in marshy seeps in its native South Africa, and it appreciates moderate watering in gardens. Culms are similar to those of Chondropetalum tectorum–dark green in color and 4' in height--but are distinctly wavy, thicker in texture, and they create a different effect. Erect sturdy clumps are less responsive to air movement. Bronze flowers in thick clusters at stem tips mature to black. Damaged at 20 degrees F., this species did recover the following spring, sending up many new shoots.