Elegia tectorum (syn. Chondropetalum tectorum or Restio tectorum), mid May. A fast-growing, evergreen perennial, forming a grass-like clump that has brown markings on its stems as it ages. In autumn, it bears compact, brown flower heads. A restio native to the Western Cape and Eastern Cape of South Africa, where it is commonly known as Cape reed, Thatching reed, or Cape thatching reed.