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Ornamental Grasses - Carex

Growing Info

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Carex is not technically a grass, however for gardening purposes it is grouped together with the ornamental grasses. Most of the Carex listed below are suitable for shady areas


Carex aurea

Carex aurea

Common name: Wet Meadow Sedge
Description: cool season; spreading in all directions
Foliage - light green; pleated; 25-30cm (10-12") tall
Flowers - June-Aug; 30-40cm (12-16")
Conditions: full sun to light shade; moist soil
Coldest zone: 3

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Carex caryophyllea 'Beatlemania'

Description: cool season; evergreen; slow spreader
Foliage - narrow; variegated; 15cm (6") tall
Flowers - May; inconspicuous
Conditions: light shade to full shade; moist soil
Coldest zone: 5, perhaps colder

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Carex caryophyllea 'The Beatles'

Carex caryophyllea 'The Beatles'

Description: cool season; evergreen; slow spreader
Foliage - narrow; green; 20cm (8") tall
Flowers - May; inconspicuous
Conditions: light shade to full shade; moist soil
Coldest zone: 5, perhaps colder

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Carex davalliana

Common name: Davall's Sedge
Description:
cool season; semi-evergreen; clump forming
Foliage - dark green; narrow; 20 cm (8")
Flowers - inconspicuous; May-June; 25 cm (10")
Conditions: full sun to light shade; moist fertile soil
Coldest zone: 4

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Carex dipsacea

Carex dipsacea

Common name: Green sedge, Autumn sedge
Description:
cool season; semi-evergreen; clump forming
Foliage - olive-green, turning reddish orange; narrow; 30-45 cm (12-18")
Flowers - inconspicuous; June; 45-60 cm (18-24")
Conditions: full sun to light shade; moist fertile soil
Coldest zone: 5

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Carex flacca (Carex glauca) - Blue sedge

Carex flacca

aka Carex glauca

Common name: Blue Sedge
Description:
cool season; semi-evergreen; slow spreader
Foliage - blue-grey; narrow; 15-30 cm (6-12")
Flowers - inconspicuous; June-July; 30-40 cm (12-16")
Conditions: full sun to light shade; moist to dry soil
Coldest zone: 5

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Carex flagellifera - Weeping Brown Sedge

Carex flagellifera

Common name: Weeping Brown Sedge
Description:
cool season; evergreen in milder climates; clump forming
Foliage - reddish brown; narrow; 35-50 cm (14-20") tall
Flowers - inconspicuous; June; 50-75 cm (20-30")
Conditions: full sun or light shade; moist, fertile, well drained soil; drought and heat tolerant once established
Coldest zone: 4

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Carex flagellifera 'Kiwi'

Carex flagellifera 'Kiwi'

Description: cool season; evergreen in milder climates; clump forming
Foliage - limey green; narrow; 35-50 cm (14-20")
Flowers - inconspicuous; June; 50-75 cm (20-30")
Conditions: full sun or light shade; moist fertile well drained soil; drought and heat tolerant once established
Coldest zone: 5

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Carex grayi - Grey's Sedge

Carex grayi

Common name: Gray's Sedge
Description:
semi-evergreen; clump forming
Foliage - dark green; 30-100 cm (12-40")
Flowers - very showy; May-June; 40-120 cm (16-48")
Conditions: full sun to light shade; constantly moist in hot dry climates; deeper colour in shade
Coldest zone: 2

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Carex muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis

Common name: Palm Sedge
Description:
cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - green; fine textured; 35-100 cm (14-40")
Flowers - brown; attractive; June-July; 50-110 cm (20-44")
Conditions: sun or shade; moist to wet soil; needs ample water in hot dry locations
Coldest zone: 2

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Carex muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis 'Ice Fountains'

Common name: Variegated Palm Sedge
Description:
cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - green with white variegation; narrow; 25-50 cm (10-20")
Flowers - brown; attractive; June-July; 30-60 cm (12-24")
Conditions: full sun with ample moisture is best
Coldest zone: 4

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Carex muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge'

Common name: Dwarf Palm Sedge
Description: cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - green; narrow; 20-30 cm (8-12") tall
Flowers - brown; not showy; 25-35 cm (10-14")
Conditions: full sun to light shade; moist to wet soil; needs ample water in hot dry locations
Coldest zone: 3

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Carex muskingumensis 'Oehme'

Carex muskingumensis 'Oehme'

Common name: Variegated Palm Sedge
Description:
cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - green with thin yellow margins; 25-90 cm (10-36")
Flowers - 35-100 cm (14-40")
Conditions: sun or shade; moist to wet soil; needs ample water in hot dry locations
Coldest zone: 4

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Carex nigra 'Variegata'

Carex nigra

Common name: Black Sedge
Description: cool season; evergreen; clump forming
Foliage - 3/8" wide, with creamy edges; 30-45cm (12-18") tall
Flowers - sparse and not showy; May-June
Conditions: part to full shade; moist soil

Coldest zone: 4

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Carex pensylvanica

Carex pensylvanica

Common name: Pennsylvania Sedge
Description:
semi-evergreen; slow-quick speader
Foliage - bright green; narrow; 25 cm (8") tall
Flowers - sparse and not showy
Conditions: full sun if irrigated; drought tolerant in shade; average soil

Coldest zone: 3

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Carex riparia 'Variegata'

Carex riparia 'Variegata'

Common name: Variegated Pond Sedge
Description: cool season; fast spreader
Foliage - green with white stripes; 60 cm (24") tall
Flowers - red-brown to jet black; May-June; 100 cm (40")
Conditions: full sun; moist to wet soil

Coldest zone: 3

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Carex rosea

Carex rosea

Common name: Curly Wood Sedge, Rosy Sedge
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage - green; narrow; 20-30cm (8-12") tall
Flowers - May-June; 25-35cm (10-14")
Conditions: full to part shade; wet to dry soil
Zone: 4-8

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