San Marcos GrowersSan Marcos Growers
New User?
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
 Web Site Search
Plant Database
Search by Plant Name
  General Plant Info
Search for any word
  Advanced Search >>
Search by size, origins,
color, cultural needs, etc.
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings

PLANT TYPE
PLANT GEOGRAPHY
PLANT INDEX
ALL PLANT LIST
PLANT IMAGE INDEX
PLANT INTROS
SPECIALTY CROPS
NEW  2019 PLANTS
PRIME LIST>
  for OCTOBER


 Weather Station


Home > Products> Restio Page

  Restio Page
 
Restio Page
Chondropetalum in a Santa Barbara Garden
 

The restios, a name shortened from their plant family name Restionaceae, are as a group attractive grass or bamboo-like plants that have upright durable culms often topped by feathery foliage that sways gracefully in the wind. Most in cultivation are from South Africa but they do elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, including many that come from western and southern Australia and others from New Zealand, South America and Southeast Asia - based on fossil evidence the family originated more during the Late Cretaceous period, when the southern continents were still part of Gondwana landmass.

The restios in cultivation are generally durable garden subjects that can be used as individual specimens or in mass plantings. Like bamboo, there are species that are "runners", spreading rapidly on rhizomes, and "clumpers" that stay more contained, and most of the ones cultivated are in this latter group or are plants that at least walk more than they run. The young plants usually have a very different look with intricately branched masses of fine foliage that as the plant matures changes into a more refined clump of unbranched reed-like culms. All of the cultivated species are dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female plants, which can look quite different from each other. Since most plants are seed grown and often sold before maturity the sex of the plant is often not known when the plants are sold.

We grow or have grown the following Restios:
Cannomois grandis [C. virgata, Hort.]
Cannomois grandis '"Large Seed Form"
Chondropetalum elephantinum
Chondropetalum tectorum
Restio festuciformis- no longer in production
Rhodocoma capensis
Rhodocoma fruticosa- no longer in production
Rhodocoma gigantea
Thamnochortus insignis
See also:
The Chondropetalum Page
 
Search the database for Restionaceae