|Thamnochortus insignis subsp. var.||Dekriet, Thatching reed|
Thamnochortus insignis is a species of grass-like restio of the family Restionaceae.
Plants are tall, grass- or reed-like tussocks with a diameter of 500 mm to 1 metre at the base and a spread of 3 metres or more at the top and up to 2,5 m tall. Male and female plants are separate and very similar when they are not flowering.
It is excellent in pots and can be easily established outside in mild districts (in the Northern Hemisphere). It is hardy to -3ºC.
The seed comes in the form of a tiny nutlet inside the old flower, which by this stage has formed two small wings. The seeds are produced in very large quantities by each female plant, but are not all viable; a large number of nutlets are empty inside.
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