The horsetail restio is a tall, dark green, elegant plant with large, decorative, papery sheaths along the stems. It is a ideal next to a pond.
Common name : Horsetail restio
Scientific name : Elegia capensis
Family : Restionaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
The stems of the horsetail restio grow from underground rhizomes, are quite thick, divided into sections (internodes) like bamboo plants and can reach 3 m tall. At each node there is a circle of clumps of long, needle-like branches, which give the plant its horsetail-like appearance, and name.
Sowing & planting
100 - 300
6.3 - 6.9
Plant my horsetail restio
Ideally plant near a pond or water stream : this plant requires a sandy but fairly moist soil.
Water my horsetail restio
A plant usually found near water streams in its natural habitat, the horsetail restio requires a moist soil. If the branches are small, it surely is a sign of lack of water!
Water up to once a week in dry season, and less for the rest of the year.
Note: if the branches take a yellow hue, it is a lack of nitrogen: a little supply will not hurt!
Prune my horsetail restio
Each year new stems will grow - after 3 years they age : cut off the oldest ones from the bottom.