Thamnochortus insignis

Thamnochortus insignis

Thatching reed

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 not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Thamnochortus insignis
  • Common name: Thatching reed
  • Family: Restionaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Variegation

Thatching reed, Thamnochortus insignis, is a South African restio forming upright clumps of variegated, reed-like foliage, which beautifully sets off the chocolate-coloured flowers. It’s perfect for growing in a mixed border or large pot.

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Grow Thamnochortus insignis in well-drained soil in full sun. Not fully hardy, you may need to offer protection in winter. There’s usually no need to prune, simply remove old stems as and when they look tatty. Divide in spring.

How to grow Thamnochortus insignis

  • Plant size

    2m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: 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 Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do 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 not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Thamnochortus insignis and wildlife

Thamnochortus insignis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Thamnochortus insignis poisonous?

Thamnochortus insignis 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