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Carex comans Bronze-Leaved (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

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Carex comans Bronze-Leaved is a delightful New Zealand Hairy Sedge forming a low, cascading mound of narrowly linear, reddish-brown leaves with inconspicuous brown flower spikes in late summer. Evergreen, this perennial grass is valuable for its year-round appeal. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for the garden, providing a lovely contrast with other plants, mulch, or gravel.

  • Growing easily in a dense fountain-like clump about 8-12 in. tall (20-30 cm) and 12-24 in. across (30-60 cm), it enjoys full sun, tolerates part shade, and thrives in moistfertilewell-drained soils. Will not tolerate excessive winter wet
  • This is a graceful accent plant for beds, borders, near ponds, or streams where its foliage can be reflected for double the pleasure. It does well in containers, too, where it adds wonderful character and texture to your plant combinations. Effective as an edging plant or in the rock garden.
  •  Deer-resistant and drought-tolerant, it requires little care and provides almost all year-round interest with its wonderfully bronzy-brown leaves.
  • Generally disease-free, Hairy Sedge is sometimes attacked by aphids.
  • Propagate by seed, sown in containers in a cold frame in spring or by division in early summer. In summer, cut out any dead leaves.

Native to New Zealand, Carex Comans, commonly known as Hairy Sedge, are ornamental grasses featuring clumps of fine-textured foliage, usually pale silvery green, which spills over walls or rocks in a very attractive fashion. Extremely decorative, these perennial grasses are more appreciated for their foliage than their insignificant flowers.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Cyperaceae
Genus Carex
Common names Sedge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Modern Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)
Carex flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ (Blue Sedge)
Carex plantaginea (Plantain-Leaf Sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)
Carex tumulicola (Foothill Sedge)
Carex pseudocyperus (Sedge Hop)

Recommended Companion Plants

Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (‘Autumn Joy’)
Geranium Rozanne (Cranesbill)
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Montbretia)

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Cyperaceae
Genus Carex
Common names Sedge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Modern Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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