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South African Grasses – Thamnochortus insignis male plant
Afrikaans : Dekriet
When you see a field of Restios ((Thamnochortus insignis, a restio species originating from the South-western Cape, 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.
The Restionaceae is a plant family from the southern hemisphere that is closely allied to grasses and sedges.
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