1 package of 25 seeds
A spectacular and extremely ornamental plant in the Restionaceae (commonly referred to as Restios), native to the Cape region in South Africa, where it grows in marshes on sandy soils, usually in areas with fynbos vegetation. It forms dark green, unbranched stems, up to 1 m (3 ft.) in height, which bear terminal clusters of brownish flowers.
It makes an excellent and fairly cold tolerant ornamental for warm temperate areas in USDA Zones 9 and above.
Elegia tectorum makes a beautiful cut flower and it is often used in flower arrangements. Traditionally, it was used as thatching material, as its name suggests (tectorum = roofing in Latin). Sow in a well-lit position, into a good, soil-based compost. Cover seeds thinly and keep moist at around 15°C (60°F). Grass seedlings should be potted on and grown on singly, or in clumps for more rapid establishment of a large specimen.