Restios – Aliens From S. Africa

Restios are plants native to South Africa. They look good in the garden next to ponds and watercourses. They are becoming very popular in the horticultural world. There are no common names for them in the U. S. but after awhile I am sure people will make them up as they have in South Africa.

Rhodocoma capensis

The stems come out of the ground in clumps and are covered with brownish bracts.

Eligia capensis

Ischyrolepis subverticillata
Chondropetalum elephantinum

Chondropetalum tectorum ‘El Campo’

Cannomois grandis
There are 47 species in South Africa and they are gradually being brought to the United States. They tolerate growing next to watercourses but they don’t need that much water. My Restios get 2 emitters each and survive hot summers. I cut a couple of them back and assumed that they would sprout back but they didn’t. Now I have to remove 2 big dead stumps.

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