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Our local (quite possibly the whole country) No. 1 Restio authority is Mr. Martin Grantham. Every March at the SF Garden Show, he would bring out several restios that are completely new to horticulture. You can see names and photos of these at California Horticutural Society's website: www.calhortsociety.org. Go to the link named "SF Flower and Garden Show New Plants" on right and you will see photos of all plants from 2001 to 2008. The Restios are all mixed in but it is quite easy to find them.
A few Bay Area wholesale nurseries do supply a growing number of Restios, including the highly desirable Cannomois grandis (C. virgata). I have one healthy Cannomois virgata in container with a special soil mix of half peat moss and half perlite, which I was told is the prefered formula. I have also tried Elegia fistulosa but lost that one through winter freeze and/or untimely pruning. Recently I saw this Ischyrolepis subverticillata (shown below) at Suncrest Nurseries and it looks very special. Since the general public are not interested in restios very much, they are not selling very well and the nurseries might not be willing to grow these much longer.
Another great source for Restios in the U.S. is Seed Hunt: http://www.seedhunt.com/restios.htm. Here you are only buying seeds, but they are properly treated with smoke and for people in Florida these might not be as restricted as California grown container plants.
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Here are some photos of various restios in the Bay Area:
Cannomois virgata in Marcia Donahue's garden. It is easy to see why the young shoots of this species are popular for cut flowers in South Africa.
Elegia capensis on right at Blue Bamboo Nursery in Santa Cruz.
My Elegia fistulosa in 2007.
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