Chrondropetalum Tectorum 4One of the hundreds of Homegrown plants on special at Kazimingi until the end of February.

Chondropetalum Tectorum
Common Name: Cape Thatching Reed

This evergreen perennial from the Southern Cape forms dense clumps of rund, dark green stems. It produces a small brown flower at the tips late in the season.

Plant in full sun, but can take a little shade. Once established, Chondropetalum is drought tolerant. It is also quite hardy, struggling only with temperatures of below -5. They grow to heights of around 1m and a similar width. Space about a metre and a half apart.

Apart from being a beautiful, tall and proud plant in your water-wise, indigenous garden, the stems make good foliage for cut flower arrangements.