Also known as
Horsetail, Besemriet, Fonteinriet, Katstert, Kanet (Afr.), Kanet, Broom reed
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This plant has no fragrance
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Horsetail Restio Overview
Horsetail Restios have tall bamboo-like stems and soft, feathery, needle-like leaves that will enhance swimming pool areas, larger water features, and areas around dams. While generally low maintenance, when the stems become untidy they can be pruned down to ground level and sometimes the entire clump needs to be cut down in spring to encourage healthy, new growth. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Horsetail Restio
Horsetail Restios are generally not bothered by pests or diseases.
How to harvest Horsetail Restio
Harvest the golden brown flowers in spring to use for cut flowers. Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed and allow seedheads to dry on plants. Remove and collect seeds.
How to propagate Horsetail Restio
Divide the rootball in the beginning of the rainy season.
Sow seeds directly in autumn.