Chondropetalum elephantine (Large Cape Rush) - This South African plant forms dense tufted clumps from which arise 4 foot tall dark green unbranched stems. 3-4 ft. tall, 4-6 ft. wide. The dark brown sheaths at the joints drop off in summer leaving a dark band at each node. Late in the season the stems arch gracefully from the weight of clusters of small brown flowers at the tips. Male and female plants have remarkably similar flowers but the female flowers are held tighter and are clustered toward the tip of the stems. Plant in full to part sun. It is drought tolerant, but appreciates supplemental water in spring. It is hardy to about 20-25 degrees F and tolerates a wide soil pH range.