Large Bell Reed
We first noticed this rare beauty growing in a stream bank in the Cape area of South Africa. Cannomois grandis “Large Seed Form” (Large Bell Reed) is a robust form of Cannomois, but it is the distinct red culm bracts as well as the size that really sets this stunning plant apart. This is perhaps the most beautiful large Restio with stout culms rising from rhizomes to 12 to 15 feet tall. The stiffly erect culms have persistent bright reddish pink sheaths and drooping hair-like foliage. The new growth is particularly showy and male plants have a spectacular inflorescence of hundreds of spherical shiny brown flowers while females produce spindle-shaped spikelet's covered with hard bracts. The seed of this plant is over twice the size of the seed of the regular form thus the name, “ Large Seed Form”. This Restio grows in full sun to light shade and requires a well-drained acidic soil with regular irrigation. It is hardy at least to the mid 20°'s F. This plant is unusual and an incredibly alluring addition to any plant collection. Grown in 15 gallon containers, the plants are approximately 13”x13”x36” in size.