Chondropetalum tectorum

Cape Rush
Plant Type

Grass-like, Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2-3′ x 2-3′

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Water

High Water, Medium Water

Flower Color

Brown

Bloom Time

Inconspicuous

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #15

Natural Growth Habit

Mounding

Sunset Garden Zones

8, 9, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

8-10

Chondropetalum tectorum also known as Cape Rush or Small Cape Rush is a beautiful grass-like plant from South Africa. Southern California’s climate mimics that of the Cape area and also the Mediterranean. Small Cape Rush forms dense tufted clumps from which arise 2-3 feet tall dark green unbranched stems. Late in the season the stems arch gracefully from the weight of clusters of small brown flowers at the tips. It likes full to part sun and is considered to be drought tolerant though it appreciates some supplemental watering in spring/summer. It can be planted in seaside gardens and used in relatively dry landscapes. 

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