Carex caryophyllea 'The Beatles'
- The Beatles Spring or Vernal Sedge
The Latin word caryophyllea means "of the colour or odour of cloves".
'The Beatles' and 'Beatlemania' are very similar except that C.
'Beatlemania' has a narrow yellow edge. When grown in shade the
leaves are darker green than in the picture. This plant is growing in
full hot sun, resulting in a lighter green colour.
Sends out short runner and gradually forms a colony of mop-head-like
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
In 2007-8 Carex 'The Beatles’ overwintered here in
good shape." C. Dauk, Zone 2a, Saskatchewan, Canada
Description: cool season; evergreen in mild climates;
Foliage - green; narrow; 20 cm (8") tall
Flowers - in May but are 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, shady rock garden plants, Astilbe,
ferns, rhododenrons, Dicentra
Suggested uses: ground cover (particularly nice on
slopes), shady rock gardens, Japanese gardens
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth every
week) further info
Native to: the species is native to north-eastern
Recommended spacing between plants: 30 cm (12") why
such a difference?
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) caryophyllea (kar-ee-oh-fil-EE-uh)
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