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Rhodocoma capensis - Cape Restio
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Restionaceae (Restios)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Brown
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Rhodocoma capensis (Cape Restio) - Upright growing clump forming (tussock) grass-like plant to 6 feet tall with arching reed-like stems bearing congested tight whorls of branchlets with fine foliage. In spring appear the flowers which, for female plants, are a deep pink, while male flowers are pale yellow-green. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate regularly to occasionally. Hardy to 25 F but known to rebound from temperatures down to 19F if well mulched. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'rhodo', meaning "rose" or "red", and 'kome' meaning "hair" in reference to terminal clusters of the reddish inflorescence. Though it has the specific epitet "capensis" this plant is not native to the coastal areas of Cape region of South Africa, but refers to the fact that this plant can be found throughout the southern part of South Africa, which was originally all called the Cape Province. It is found growing in the arid inland margins of the Cape Fold Mountains where it grows in loamy valley bottom soils. We have grown this plant since 2007.  Information displayed on this page about  Rhodocoma capensis is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.