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Rhodocoma capensis
JLBG @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Rhodocoma capensis

Cape Restio

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Item #: 8359

Zones: 8a to 10b

Dormancy:

Height: 72" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


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We have trialed a number of restios, but relatively mild winters of 12-15 degrees F took them all out, leaving only this gem, which lasted until we hit upper single digits F. Rhodocoma capensis makes a 2' tall clump resembling a dwarf bamboo after sizzling in the electric chair. In warmer climates, it should reach 5-6' tall in 7 years, but not here, not yet. Rhodocoma capensis can be found in drainage ditches and moist roadside rocky soil pockets in South Africa's Little Karroo...an otherwise obscenely dry desert. Full-baking sun is the preferred planting condition...a superbly elegant container specimen in colder climates.