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South African Grasses
We need the tonic of wildness…We can never have enough of nature…We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.
- Henry David Thoreau
When you see a field of Restios (also called Cape Reed Grass), the first impression is one of sombreness. But as the breeze moves, the Restio plant’s colours flash through the blades – khaki, terracotta, chocolate. and their arching, tufted growth habit captivates gardeners world-wide.
This species is very common in the Western Cape mountains (South Africa), but it grows equally well in my garden here in Tarlton, South Africa. Mine are well over the 50cm specified as their growing height. They also make the most gorgeous bunches of dried grasses. I hang mine from the rafters in my potting shed and alternate them as dried flower displays in my house.
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