Scientific nameElegia tectorum has an upright, symmetrical, tufted reed-like appearance with thin, dark green stems topped with dark brown flowers in slender compact spikes in autumn. It is a garden plant and can be used for thatching, growing particularly well alongside ponds in moist soil
Restios are best grown from seed and since the seed in many species is very fine, it needs to be handled carefully. Researchers in the National Botanical Institute, now the South African National Biodiversity Institute, have discovered that treatment with smoke greatly increases the germination rate of this and many other species of Restionaceae.
They may be fed with standard organic fertilizers such as Seagro or Kelpak, or by sprinkling the surrounding soil with a small amount of ammonium sulphate during the growing season. Restios will respond to regular watering by showing more robust growth, but they are essentially plants which are adapted to a long dry season.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It can be used as a construction material
Suitable for wet sites
Elegia tectorum is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld Cape Flats Dune Strandveld