Small cape rush

Chondropetalum tectorum


The Small cape rush from South Africa is a relatively new plant to landscapes and gardens in the Inland Empire. It is a robust clumping perennial noted for its thin jointed stems that can grow 3-4 ft tall. Female plants produce summer seed heads that add seasonal interest at the ends of the stems. Branching remains mostly upright and begins to relax by end of fall.

Small cape rush is adapted to both sun and shade and is a good plant in bioswales, grassland plantings and containers that help feature its remarkably thin stems. It is adaptable to many soils and does best with regular moisture throughout the year.

Plant Type: Perennial, Rush
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Rush-like, Rigid, Dense, Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Brown
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Moist soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Moderate shade, Heat, Coastal salt air, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Background plant
Height: 3 ft. – 4 ft.
Width: 5 ft. – 6 ft.