Has tall, pale green/cream, vertically striped, leaves and flower stems that are topped with large, khaki brown, seed heads. Slower growing and less invasive than the common reed mace/bull-rush. Very rarely seen in cultivation.
Top tip: Slower growing and not as invasive as its common cousin. Cutback seed heads before they erupt and spread. Dead stems and leaves can be cut back as soon as the plant begins to shoot in the Spring.
Height of plant: 60-100cm from crown. When given space to grow, readily forms dense, attractive clusters of stripy leaves and iconic seed heads.
Propagation: Grows readily from seed collected in October.
How to plant: Plant into a 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond. Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the shoot-root junction of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and firm the soil well in all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim. For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.
Recommended planting depth: The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is 10-25cm.