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Carex - Sedges

Carex (Sedge) are top-notch foliage perennials belonging to a vast genus including over 1,500 species of deciduous or evergreen, rhizomatous or tufted perennials. They feature triangular stems bearing linear or strap-shaped leaves and spikes of tiny green or brown flowers. Some sedge varieties can grow in shady sites where true grasses do not thrive, while others are ideal for sunny borders. Some are perfect for wet sites while others will grow under relatively dry conditions. There is a Carex species to suit almost any garden situation, whether in borders, rock gardens, containers or water gardens. There will be surely one for you!

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Carex 'Ice Dance' (Japanese Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex 'Ice Dance' is a semi-evergreen Japanese Sedge forming a low, slow-spreading tufted mound of narrow, arching, shiny, dark green leaves adorned with bright white edges. In late spring, it bears inconspicuous brown flower spikes on long stems. Attractive both in shape and foliage, this highly decorative grass is evergreen in USDA Zones 8-9.

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Carex buchananii (Leatherleaf Sedge)

A very popular Sedge, Carex buchananii (Leatherleaf Sedge) is a tufted perennial grass with an evergreen foliage of narrow, copper-bronze leaves. Erect when young, the grass-like leaves tend gradually to arch over time, curling gracefully towards their tips.

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Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

One of the most striking New Zealand Hairy Sedge, Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' is a very distinctive ornamental grass with pale silvery green grasslike leaves that curl gracefully towards the ground, delicately softening any landscape

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Carex comans Bronze-Leaved (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

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.

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Carex comosa (Bristly Sedge)

Carex comosa (Bristly Sedge) is a vigorous clump-forming sedge forming a large tuft of leaves and flowering culms. It produces arching, lustrous lime green leaves, up to 18 in. long (45 cm), along the entire length of the culms up to the inflorescence. In late spring to early summer, each fertile triangular culm, 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm), rises well above the foliage bearing large lime-green bottlebrush shaped spikes.

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Carex crinita (Fringed Sedge)

Striking in appearance, Carex crinita (Fringed Sedge) is a robust evergreen sedge forming dense clumps of leafy culms, up to 3 ft. tall (90 cm), clad with strap-shaped, shiny bright green leaves, 16 in. long (40 cm). In late spring to early summer, arching flowering culms, 4 ft. tall (120 cm), rise well above the foliage bearing drooping gray-green fringe-like spikelets. The female flowers are followed by small fruits enclosed in sac-like bracts.

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Carex elata 'Aurea' (Bowles' Golden Sedge)

One of the most striking golden Sedge, award-winning Carex elata 'Aurea' or Bowles' Golden Sedge is a very distinctive ornamental grass with shimmering yellow blades and with fine green edges that curl gracefully towards the ground, delicately softening any landscape

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Carex flacca (Blue Sedge)

Prized for its soft blue foliage, Carex flacca is a beautiful sedge forming a slowly spreading clump of narrow, arching leaves, blue-green above and glaucous-blue beneath. In early summer, it bears inconspicuous, slender, brown flower spikes, upright at first then slightly nodding over. Reminiscent of the garden carnation foliage, Blue Sedge is a great choice for naturalizing

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Carex flagellifera (Weeping Brown Sedge)

The low mounding form and subtle color of this New Zealand Sedge make it an unusual accent in many plant combinations.

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Carex grayi (Mace Sedge)

With seed heads resembling the medieval spiked clubs, Carex grayi (Mace Sedge) is a very distinctive ornamental grass which adds long-lasting interest in the garden

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Carex laxiculmis (Spreading Sedge)

Carex laxiculmis (Spreading Sedge) is a small evergreen sedge forming dense rounded mounds of narrow, arching, blue-green leaves to 12 in. long (30 cm). In late spring to early summer, it bears inconspicuous, creamy-white flowers atop triangular flowering stems. Native to rich wooded areas in eastern North America, Spreading Sedge can be used as an accent or ground cover in moist woodland gardens, shaded perennial beds or containers.

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Carex lupulina (Hop Sedge)

Carex lupulina (Hop Sedge) is a robust perennial sedge forming a loose tuft of flowering culms and leaves. It produces ascending to widely spreading, recurved, light green leaves, up to 24 in. long (60 cm), along the entire length of the culms up to the inflorescence. In late spring and summer, the culms are topped by large, bright green spikes that resemble a medieval weapon. The female flowers are followed by small fruits enclosed in sac-like bracts.

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Carex lurida (Shallow Sedge)

Carex lurida (Shallow Sedge) is a vigorous clump-forming sedge forming a tuft of basal leaves and one or more stiff culms up to 36 in. long (90 cm). Each culm features arching, bright yellow-green leaves, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), along their lower half. In spring, stiff triangular culms rise above the foliage bearing large lime-green bottlebrush shaped spikes. Turning golden brown when ripe, they attract many wetland birds, including various waterfowl, granivorous songbirds.

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Carex morrowii 'Variegata' (Japanese Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex morrowii 'Variegata' is a semi-evergreen Japanese Sedge forming a low, slow-spreading tufted mound of narrow, arching, glossy, deep green leaves adorned with fine creamy-white edges. Attractive both in shape and foliage, this highly decorative grass is evergreen in USDA Zones 8-9.

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Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge)

Resembling small, feathery palms, Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge) is a dense, clump-forming sedge boasting numerous tapering, bright green leaves that radiate from lax stems.

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