Elegia equisetacea

Elegia equisetacea

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 flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

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

Red

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Bronze

Green

Elegia equisetacea is an attractive, reed-like plant, bearing upright stems from which large, red-brown flowers and golden seedheads appear from spring to autumn. It’s perfect for growing on its own as a focal point in the garden, or as part of a wider display. It’s also suitable for growing in a large container.

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Grow Elegia equisetacea in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back old stems in spring. 

How to grow Elegia equisetacea

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

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

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 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 flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not 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 equisetacea and wildlife

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

Is Elegia equisetacea poisonous?

Elegia equisetacea 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