Common name: sedge
These grass-like plants are grown mainly for their typically evergreen leaves, which combine well with other ornamental grasses and are used in prairie-style plantings of robust summer-flowering perennials. The types for wet soil can be grown at the edges of ponds.
Arching leaves, produced in clumps, can be pale to dark green, bluish-grey, bright yellowish-green or bronze-purple. They can also be edged and striped with white or cream. The often brown, inconspicuous flowers appear in summer-autumn.
Most carex prefer reliably moist soil in sun or light shade. A few like wet soil, with others preferring acid soil. Bronze-leaved varieties produce their best leaf colour when grown in sun.
Most sedges will not do well in dry soils or in deep shade.
Did you know?
What distinguishes a sedge from a grass is the flowering stems, which are triangular in cross section and solid, rather than round and hollow.
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