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Chondropetalum tectorum
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Chondropetalum tectorum

Chondropetalum

Chondropetalum tectorum full sun

This long-lived plant belongs to the Restionaceae, a family of rushlike evergreens from the Cape region of South Africa. Papery chocolate-brown bands and long lasting dark brown seed heads contrast with the wiry, deep green stems and small greenish inflorescences. Ideal for low maintenance gardens, this sculptural beauty is hardy to 20° and prefers sandy, well drained soil and dry summers. It has also, however, withstood our wet winters.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 5' high x 5'–7' wide; hardy to zone 9.

Chondropetalum tectorum (G-0027)
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