Carex riparia 'Variegata' - Variegated Greater Pond Sedge

Does not mind being deeply planted in a pond - up to 18" below the surface of the water. It is well-suited to use in a rain garden. Under these ideal growing conditions it will likely spread, unless contained in a pot.

Description: cool season; can be a fast spreader
Foliage is green with white stripes to white with green stripes; blades; 60 cm (24")
Flowers are showy - red-brown to jet black; May-June; 100 cm (40")

Ideal conditions: full sun; moist to wet soil; should be in a pot or container if grown in a garden; will also grown in a pond, where it should also be grown in a container or left to naturalize

Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Season of interest: May to winter

Partner with: Phragmites australis 'Variegata', Salix 'Aquatica Gigantea Korso'

Suggested uses: naturalizing, erosion control, artificial ponds

Drought tolerance rating: 4 (water to root depth when soil starts to dry) further info

Recommended spacing between plants: 50-90 cm (20-36") why such a difference?

Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) riparia (rye-PAIR-ee-ah)


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Carex riparia 'Variegata'