Tassel Cord Rush Baloskion tetraphyllum

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
tassel cord rush


Baloskion tetraphyllum, commonly known as tassel cord rush, is a perennial plant characterized by its tassel-like floral spikelets at the end of each stem. These decorative tassels can give a soft, fluffy appearance, adding visual interest. The plant itself forms a dense, tussock-like clump. Its stems are slender and erect with a deep green color, giving the plant an overall fine-textured look. The leaves of tassel cord rush are reduced to sheaths at the base of the stems which can sometimes go unnoticed due to their inconspicuous nature. This plant presents a striking vertical element wherever it grows, with its thin stems topped by the distinctive flowering parts that sway gracefully in the breeze. The delicate appearance of its seed heads adds a feathery, light aspect to its surroundings, making tassel cord rush a popular choice for water garden settings or as an architectural plant in garden designs.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tassel Cord Rush, Tassel Rush, Top Tassel Rush

    • Common names

      Restio tetraphyllus, Chondropetalum tetraphyllum.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tassel Cord Rush is not widely known for its toxicity to humans. There is no significant evidence to suggest that it has toxic properties that would lead to poisoning if ingested. However, as with any non-food plant, it's generally advisable to avoid ingesting parts of it since the effects on humans are not well-documented.

    • To pets

      Tassel Cord Rush is not widely reported to be toxic to pets, such as dogs and cats. There is limited information regarding its toxicity, but it does not appear on most lists of plants that are known to be poisonous to pets. However, the lack of evidence does not guarantee that it is safe, and it's always best to prevent pets from ingesting plants that are not intended for their consumption.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-6 feet [1.2-1.8 meters]

    • Spread

      2-3 feet [0.6-0.9 meters]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Erosion Control: Baloskion tetraphyllum, commonly known as tassel cord rush, has a robust root system that helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
    • Habitat: It provides habitat for various wildlife species, particularly offering nesting material and shelter to birds.
    • Water Filtration: The plant supports water filtration in wetland areas by trapping sediments and pollutants.
    • Aesthetic Value: Tassel cord rush is often used in landscape design for its ornamental value, especially around ponds and in water features.
    • Biodiversity: It contributes to the biodiversity of the ecosystem by being a part of a range of wetland plant communities.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established in a suitable environment, it is a low maintenance plant that requires minimal care.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Baloskion tetraphyllum, commonly known as tassel cord rush, is often used in basket weaving due to its strong, flexible stems.
    • Woven into mats and screens, the stems of the tassel cord rush provide a natural and rustic looking material for home decoration.
    • The plant can be used as a natural dye source, providing a range of colors depending on the mordant used in the dyeing process.
    • As a component in floral arrangements, both fresh and dried, tassel cord rush adds an interesting texture and height to bouquets.
    • Tassel cord rush can be used in the making of eco-friendly furniture, like stools and chairs, where the stems are bound together for support.
    • In landscaping, the tassel cord rush can be planted to stabilize stream banks and prevent soil erosion due to its dense root system.
    • This plant serves as habitat and food for various wetland wildlife, particularly as a nesting material for birds.
    • Used in traditional ceremonies by indigenous cultures, tassel cord rush may fulfill cultural and spiritual roles.
    • In conservation efforts, tassel cord rush is used to recreate and rehabilitate wetland ecosystems supporting biodiversity.
    • The plant's distinctive appearance has seen it incorporated into art installations and environmental sculptures.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant known as Baloskion tetraphyllum is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant known as Baloskion tetraphyllum is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability: Baloskion tetraphyllum, commonly known as tassel cord rush, often grows in swampy or waterlogged soils, symbolizing adaptability to challenging environments.
    • Growth: As a plant that can reach considerable heights, the tassel cord rush represents growth and striving for greater achievements.
    • Flexibility: This plant's ability to bend without breaking is emblematic of flexibility and resilience in the face of external pressures.
    • Purity: Due to its association with water, a source of life and cleanliness, the tassel cord rush is often seen as a symbol of purity and cleansing.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Tassel Cord Rush should be watered thoroughly, allowing the soil to become slightly moist without becoming waterlogged. This typically means watering approximately every 7-10 days. It is crucial to adjust the frequency of watering depending on environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and the plant's growth phase. During the growing season, it may require more frequent watering; use about 1 gallon of water every time you water an average-sized plant. Over winter, reduce watering but ensure the soil does not completely dry out.

  • sunLight

    For Tassel Cord Rush, the best light conditions are part-sun to part-shade. This means it thrives in a spot that receives filtered sunlight for most of the day, or direct sun only during the cooler parts of the day, such as the morning. Avoid harsh, direct afternoon sunlight to prevent leaf scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tassel Cord Rush performs well in a temperature range between 50°F and 80°F, making it suitable for many temperate climates. The plant can survive in temperatures as low as 40°F, but growth may be stunted in colder conditions. Always protect the plant from frost, which can be damaging.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Tassel Cord Rush is mainly about removing dead or damaged foliage to maintain its appearance and health. Trim away dead stems and leaves in the spring or as needed. Pruning is not frequently required, but doing so annually can encourage more vigorous growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tassel Cord Rush thrives in acidic, peaty potting mix with a pH of 5.0 to 6.0. A soil mixture that provides excellent drainage yet retains moisture, such as combining sphagnum peat moss, sand, and perlite, is ideal for this wetland plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Tassel Cord Rush doesn't require frequent repotting; it can be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when it outgrows its current container, generally in spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tassel Cord Rush prefers high humidity levels, ideally between 70-90%, to mimic its natural swampy habitat.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, high humidity, and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in moist soil, partial shade, and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Baloskion tetraphyllum, commonly known as tassel cord rush, begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in moist soils of its native boggy and swampy habitats in Australia. Upon germination, it develops into a seedling with a basic root system and shoots that will eventually produce the tassel-like inflorescences characteristic of the species. As a perennial, it forms dense clumps of sedge-like, evergreen foliage that photosynthesize to promote growth. The plant reaches maturity and produces flowering stems during the summer months, with flowers arranged in inflorescences at stem tips that release pollen and can be fertilized to produce seeds. After successful fertilization, seeds are dispersed, often by water, to colonize suitable new habitats. Finally, while individual stems die back seasonally, the plant's clumps persist through vegetative reproduction, ensuring its survival and continuity in its ecosystem.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Tassel Cord Rush, commonly known as Baloskion tetraphyllum, is best propagated by division, which can be carried out in late winter to early spring. To propagate by division, you dig up a healthy, mature clump of the plant and gently separate it into smaller sections, ensuring that each new piece has a portion of the root system attached. These sections are then replanted in moist soil at the same depth they were growing originally. It is important to keep the newly planted divisions well-watered until they establish a new root system, which usually takes a few weeks. This method allows for the quick and reliable establishment of new plants that are genetically identical to the parent.