Chondropetalum tectorum is a South African reed
in the plant family Restinaceae. This is the African analog to the
Rushes in the Juncaceae family. The Cape Reed is capable of withstanding an
amazing breadth of soil types and moisture conditions. I grew Chondropetalum tectorum in
a pond for a year before it thought that was too much. I think only
then because the root ball was under the water level. Chondropetalum
will grow in heavy soil or light and even with little or no water.
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