With its upright growing stems and arching, bright green feathery foliage, Rhodocoma gigantea is one of the tallest and most attractive of the restios. Rhodocoma gigantea is a compact, tufted plant which can grow to a height of 2 to 3 m, with a basal diameter of 0.1 to 0.5 m and a crown diameter of 0.5 to 1.5 m. Upright flowering stems rise and droop over the bright green, lush foliage. The male and female plants occur separately. Occurring at altitudes of 100-400 m, Rhodocoma gigantea is distributed in the coastal mountains in the eastern part of the Western Cape and stretches to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It is found mainly on the coastal mountains from George to Port Elizabeth and is rarely found on the inland slopes of the Tzitzikamma Mountains. These tufted, reed-like perennials have great horticultural value as they are becoming more popular in Cape gardens. This elegant, large, grass-like plant with its lush foliage will make a focal feature in any fynbos garden. It grows easily in well-drained soils and does not require excessive watering. Germination is greatly improved with treatment of smoke seed primer.
For the best germination results with these seeds we recommend treating these seeds with Cape Seed Primer.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to Sow - Autumn / Spring
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