Cape Rush

28 Feb

Cape Rush (chondropetalum tectorum), 2-3 ft., evergreen grass-like plant, very vertical clumping growth habit, dark green reed-like blades bear small clusters of brown flowers near the stem tips in late summer, full sun to part shade, regular summer water.

Cape rush is a group of about 8 to 10 species in the rush family that are noted for their thin jointed stems and dense clumping habit. They are native to South Africa, and are naturally adapted to coastal conditions where they have access to generous amounts of water. A larger species, Chondropetalum elephantinum, is also available and grows 4-5 ft. in height.


4 Responses to “Cape Rush”

  1. Kim April 11, 2011 at 12:30 am #


    Can you grow this in a pot?

    • heiditarver April 11, 2011 at 12:48 am #

      Hi Kim. Yes, Cape Rush can be grown in a pot. Cape rush is particularly well suited to the shores of water gardens and pools, particularly around boulders and in conjunction with rock waterfalls. Really lends the illusion of water in a dry stream bed. Super cool in swanky pots for both Asian and modern garden styles. A versatile plant that offers fine textured interest to broadleaf compositions. Likes boggy conditions but is also drought tolerant!

  2. Kim April 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Thank you SO much for your quick reply! This is a wonderful website. I’ve been looking for a site that has pictures, along with a description.

    • heiditarver April 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

      I’m so glad you are finding the website useful. I couldn’t find one I liked that had pictures and descriptions, so I had to create one of my own!

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