The Tassel Cord Rush
One of the Restios, Baloskion tetraphyllum is a rush or reed like plant commonly called the Tassel Cord Rush. It is an excellent ornamental plant for shaded moist positions. Also suited to growing in containers and near the margins of ponds.
A lower growing form is also available that will not set seed. The foliage of both forms is an attractive green, when in flower the seed heads dominate the plant and are a rusty red, a real feature in summer.
This is a plant that works well in damp to wet areas of the garden. It will cope with temporary inundation, however not with permanently boggy wet soils.
Pruning should be carried out every 3 – 4 years as the plant becomes a little untidy. Simply cut the whole plant back by 1/2 to 2/3rds.
Usually from seed or division of clumps.
- Common Name – Tassel Cord Rush.
- Botanical Name – Baloskion tetraphyllum
- Soil – Moist soil, it will survive in wet soils.
- Position – Part shade to full sun.
- Foliage – Green with a with red to brown colouring in spring.
- Flowers – Red to brown.
- Flowering time – Spring
- Growth Rate – Medium.
- Height – To 1.5 metres (5 Ft)
- Root system – Non invasive.
- Spread – Clump forming to .5m
- Frost tolerant – Yes – moderate frosts.
- Drought tolerant – No
- Pruning – Cut back to tidy up every few years.