To properly care for your Large Cape Rush, it is important to provide it with full sun near coastal climates or light afternoon shade in hotter, arid climates. Adaptable to a variety of soil types including boggy or clay soils. Water regularly for a few weeks after planting to help establish a good root system. Tolerates drought once established but may look better with supplemental water.
Prune selectively to remove old, brown stems individually. Do not shear or cut back indiscriminately as this may damage new stems. Clumps can be divided in 3 year intervals in early spring.
There is much confusion among Californians because this plant was originally introduced into the trade as Chondropetalum tectorum before undergoing a change in identity and nomenclature as that species was broken into two species, and then reclassified as the genus Elegia. Chondropetalum elephantinum (Elegia elephantina) is the larger, more robust plant, growing to 6 feet tall or more. The true Chondropetalum tectorum (Elegia tectorum) is smaller with thinner stems. Adding to the confusion, all Large Cape Rush plants are not identical because the male flowers (stamens) and female flowers (pistils) are borne on different plants resulting in differences in the flower spikes.
Plants Express is excited to offer the Large Cape Rush to our customers. With its unique characteristics, hardiness, and low-maintenance requirements, it is sure to make a beautiful addition to any garden. The Large Cape Rush is perfect for large garden beds or as a focal point in the garden, adding a touch of elegance and charm to any outdoor space.