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Small Cape Rush


Small Cape Rush is a striking accent plant with upright, arching, thin, reed-like, evergreen clumping stems. Dark brown flowers in narrow spikes contrast nicely with the dark green stems. The stems are more slender and often lighter green in color at maturity than C. elephantinum. C. tectorum is more narrow at the base and requires good drainage.


Chondropetalum tectorum

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf notes :Green stems with dark bands at nodes. Dark brown sheaths at the joints drop off in summer.Prune out old stems individually. Do not cut entire plant down to ground.

Flower Characteristics

Flower color :Brown

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 3-4 ft.

Average size maturity height : 3-4 ft.

Growth rate : Slow

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 10 to 15 F (Z8a)

Sunset zone : 8, 9, 14-24

Water requirements : Regular

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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