Featured Grass: Chondropetalum tectorum Cape Rush

Our featured grass the month is the Chondropetalum Cape Rush.  This South African plant forms dense tufted clumps from which arise 2-3 foot tall dark green unbranched stems.  The dark brown sheaths at the joints drop off in summer leaving a dark band.  Late in the season the stems arch gracefully from the weight of clusters of small brown flowers at the tips.  Plant in full to part sun.  It is drought tolerant, and appreciates supplemental water in spring.