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Elegia tectorum

Cape Thatching Reed, Deckreed

Elegia tectorum

The Elegia Tectorum ‘Cape Thatching Reed’ is a species that occurs from Clanwilliam in the Western Cape to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and grows naturally in damp, sandy places. The plant is quite frost hardy and drought resistant and adapts to almost any climatic conditions. It is a fast grower with a round clump-forming growth form, and reaches an adult size of about 1,5 x 1,5m. The reed-like stems are dark green with dark brown leaf sheathes. Compact flower plumes with brown bracts appear in autumn.