Elegia cuspidata

Elegia cuspidata

Restio

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Elegia cuspidata
  • Common name: Restio
  • Family: Restionaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Black

Foliage colour:

Bronze

Green

Native to the coast and mountains of South Africa, Elegia cuspidata bears tall stems, which are adorned with dark brown, brush-like flowers in summer and autumn. It’s perfect for growing as a standalone feature or as part of a wider display. It’s particularly well suited to growing in coastal locations.

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Grow Elegia cuspidata in moist but well-drained, acidic soil in full sun. Cut back old stems in spring. Elegia cuspidata is reputedly hardy to -5ºC, so a winter mulch is recommended, particularly if hard frosts are predicted.

How to grow Elegia cuspidata

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do Prune in March

Do Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Elegia cuspidata and wildlife

Elegia cuspidata has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Elegia cuspidata poisonous?

Elegia cuspidata 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

Plants that go well with Elegia cuspidata