Chondropetalum tectorum


  • Botanical name: Chondropetalum tectorum
  • Common name: Restio
  • Family: Restionacae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
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Chondropetalum tectorum

Chondropetalum tectorum takes its species name from the Latin word tectorum, meaning roofing, which probably refers to its traditional use a thatching material. Chondropetalum is a member of the restio family from the Western Cape region of South Africa.


Chondropetalum tectorum is tender and needs a sheltered, well-drained spot in full sun to thrive. Alternatively, grow it in pots which you can move indoors in autumn. Water well in summer but keep  dry during the winter months. There’s no need to prune plants, but do remove any old shoots as they turn brown.

How to grow Chondropetalum tectorum

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

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Chondropetalum tectorum and wildlife

Chondropetalum tectorum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Chondropetalum tectorum poisonous?

Chondropetalum tectorum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People