The Small cape rush from South Africa is a relatively new plant to landscapes and gardens in the Inland Empire. It is a robust clumping perennial noted for its thin jointed stems that can grow 3-4 ft tall. Female plants produce summer seed heads that add seasonal interest at the ends of the stems. Branching remains mostly upright and begins to relax by end of fall.
Small cape rush is adapted to both sun and shade and is a good plant in bioswales, grassland plantings and containers that help feature its remarkably thin stems. It is adaptable to many soils and does best with regular moisture throughout the year.