Elegia tectorum

Elegia tectorum

Restio

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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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 not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not 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 tectorum
  • Common name: Restio
  • Family: Restionaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Green

Traditionally used for thatching, Elegia tectorum bears clumps of thin, dark green stems, from which attractive, dark brown flower spikes appear in autumn. Like all members of the restio family, male and female flowers appear on separate plants. It’s ideal for growing in containers, as a screen or focal point in the garden or as part of a wider display.

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Grow Elegia tectorum in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Not fully hardy, you may need to offer protection if temperatures regularly fall below -8C°. Cut back old or damaged stems in spring.

How to grow Elegia tectorum

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy / 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 not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not 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 tectorum and wildlife

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

Is Elegia tectorum poisonous?

Elegia 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

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