Cape Thatching Reed (Elegia tectorum)

Cape Thatching Reed

Cape Thatching Reed – not a Reed at all, but a Restio! Restios are leafless, grass-like perennials of which the male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. Cape Thatching Reed occurs naturally in marshes and seeps through the Western and Eastern Cape where they form part of the fynbos biome. Once widely used for thatching, they are nowadays popular landscaping plants, due to their hardiness and bold architectural shape. The evergreen clumps of thin, dark green stems may reach up to 1.5 m in height and are topped by compact, golden-brown flower spikes in autumn. Plants require full sun and do particularly well planted next to streams or in shallow water. They can also be used in natural swimming pools as well as grey-water recycling systems. Cape Thatching Reed requires very little maintenance, apart from the removal of brown and decaying culms – plants should never be cut back to reduce their height as they won’t ever recover from the setback, but instead slowly wither away.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Earth Outdoor Living – Fourways
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Lombardy
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Plant Ranch – Centurion
Plant Ranch – Germiston
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi
GardenShop Broadacres
GardenShop Bryanston
GardenShop Edenvale
GardenShop Flora Farm
GardenShop Menlo Park
GardenShop Parktown North

KwaZulu-Natal Stockists:

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening – Pietermaritzburg
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Plant Nursery – Bluff
Builders Express – Amanzimtoti
Builders Express – Ballito
Builders Express – Hillcrest
Builders Express – Pietermaritzburg
Builders Express – South Coast
Builders Express – Umhlanga
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse

Limpopo Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Garden Pavilion – Sterkloop
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Imbali Garden Centre – Lydenburg
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg
Van Den Berg’s Kwekery – Emalahleni

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Garden Pavilion – Geelhout
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Ludwigs Roses Winelands – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Tulbagh Kwekery – Tulbagh
Vredendal Kwekery – Vredendal
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

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