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Carex comans Bronze-Leaved (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

Bronze New Zealand Hair Sedge, Carex comans 'Bronze Form', Carex comans Brown, Carex flagellifera 'Bronze Form', Carex 'Comans Bronze'


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 and regarded as one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for the garden, where it provides 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 xm), 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. 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 very little care and provides almost all year around 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 for their insignificant flowers.

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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 Carex - Sedges
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" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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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 Carex - Sedges
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" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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