Coleochloa setifera is an unusual-looking Cyperus and this densely tufted sedge normally occurs on shallow rock sheets and associated crevices that is periodically wet. The basal leaves are very tough.The inflorescence is a lax, slender, erect or curved panicle, composed of 1-3 fascicles of spikes that is brown in colour. It will do well in a wet spot but must be kept dry in winter. Interplant with other wetland plants such Cyrtanthus breviflorus, Hesperantha coccinea and Crocosmia pottsii.
Coleochloa setifera can be confused with a Juncus sp.