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Curly Sedge Carex albula

Phonetic Spelling
KAY-reks AL-bew-lah
Description

Curly Sedge is a sedge native to the riverbanks of the South Island of New Zealand.  It grows at a moderate rate to form one foot tall dense fountain-like clumps with narrow light green to buff cream leaves that provide year-round interest.  Plant it where it will receive adequate weekly moisture and full sun to partial shade.  This low growing plant is an evergreen commonly used in gardens beds to emphasize other plants with more dramatic foliage color or flowers. Planted in mass along a slope it can give the texture of moving water.  It acts as a groundcover and can be applied in woodland gardens, along pool hardscapes or planted in grids in more modern gardens.  It also looks at home planted along a pond bank, as an edging plant, or in rock gardens or containers.  It reseeds itself easily and is drought, deer and wet sites tolerant.  If you plant it in a wet area make sure the crown of the plant is above water as it does not withstand submersion.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Frosted Curls', 'Frosty Curls'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#sedge#low maintenance#winter interest#ornamental grass#cottage garden#interesting leaves#year-round interest#wet sites#stream banks#pond margins#cpp#rock gardens#pool#asian garden#HS302#wet soil intolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Frosted Curls', 'Frosty Curls'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#sedge#low maintenance#winter interest#ornamental grass#cottage garden#interesting leaves#year-round interest#wet sites#stream banks#pond margins#cpp#rock gardens#pool#asian garden#HS302#wet soil intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carex
    Species:
    albula
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    New Zealand South Island
    Play Value:
    Wind Shimmer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 10 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Cascading
    Clumping
    Dense
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are not showy, this plant is prized for its leaves.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Delicate gray-green leaves turn silvery as they age. Narrow leaf blades that curve back toward the ground and look a bit like hair. The leaves remain on the plant and provide year-round interest especially in winter gardens.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Meadow
    Pond
    Pool/Hardscape
    Riparian
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Water Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Wet Soil