Carex caryophyllea 'Beatlemania'
- The Beatles Spring or Vernal Sedge
For some grasses, seeing them as small plants can cause some doubt
regarding their ornamental qualities. However in time Carex caryophyllea
grows into a colony of mop-head-like foliage.
This beautiful ground cover would look great on roof-top gardens or
as an understory for dwarf confers or Japanese maples. For the total
grassy look, try this Carex with some of the tall Molinias (arundinacea).
The difference between C. 'The Beatles'
and C. 'Beatlemania' is that 'The Beatles' has solid green leaves and
is slightly larger overall while 'Beatlemania' has slightly variegated
yellow and green leaves. Both have recurved leaves.
Looks particularly nice on slopes and drooping over rock
Description: cool season; evergreen in warmer climates;
Foliage - dense and arching or slightly curling; green,
narrow with golden yellow edges; 6" tall
Flowers - inconspicuous
Ideal conditions: light shade to full shade; moist
Coldest zone: 5 to 9 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: April to winter
Partner with: hostas, Astilbe, ferns, rhododenrons,
Dicentra, shady rock garden plants
Suggested uses: massed as a ground cover; rock gardens;
looks particularly good on slopes; containers
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth every
week) further info
Native to: the species is native to north Europe
Recommended spacing between plants: 30cm (12") why
such a difference?
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) caryophyllea (kar-ee-oh-fil-EE-uh)
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