'Oehme' - Variegated Palm Sedge
When a sedge is non-invasive, grows equally well in full sun as in
shade and though it likes ample moisture, is drought tolerant (once
established), it is very easy to find a place for it. This was always
the appeal of Carex muskingumensis.
C. muskingumensis 'Oehme' has all these qualities plus unique
foliage. It starts as a green sedge then gives way to distinct yellow
stripes along the margins. Colour gains intensity though the season.
This is an easy and rewarding plant to grow.
Try to locate Variegated Palm sedge so you can view it with the early
morning or late afternoon sun behind it.
Description: cool season; smaller than the green form;
Foliage - 25-90 cm (10-36") tall; green with thin yellow margins, best
color is from mid-summer on
Flowers - 35-100 cm (14-40"); June-July; brown
Ideal conditions: sun or shade; moist to wet soil;
needs ample water in hot dry locations
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: June to winter
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth every
week); further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 30-60 cm (12-24")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) muskingumensis
(mus-kin-goo-MEN-sis) Oehme (ER-meh)
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