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Miyama kan suge Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga Nishiki'

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
KAY-reks doh-lih-ko-STAK-ee-ah KAH-ga nee-SHEE-kee
Description

'Kaga Nishiki' or 'Gold Fountains' is a long-lived perennial cultivar in the Cyperaceae (sedge) family.  The parent plant is native to Asia.  The name Carex is Latin for "cutter" in reference to the sharp triangular stem edges found on most members of this genus.  

This plant is a sedge grown for its attractive fine bright green leaves edged with yellow that grow in arching clumps up to 14 inches tall and 20 inches wide.  Plant in full sun to partial shade in rich, moist well draining soils.  It tolerates full sun in cool areas however, it prefers partial to full shade and in sun it will require an abundance of water.   They are also slow to recover from being cut back.  'Gold Fountains' is tolerant of deer browsing, erosion, wet soils, and heavy shade.

Use this symmetrical fountain shape in a shade garden next to larger leaved ferns and hostas.  Mass plant it in a woodland or rock garden, or use it in a rain garden.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems. They can be sensitive to temperature fluctuations and soil conditions.

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Tags:
#evergreen#rain garden#drought tolerant#perennials#sedge#colorful leaves#low maintenance#ornamental grass#interesting leaves#mass planting#erosion control#cpp#deer resistant#rock garden#clumping#naturalized area#wet soils tolerant#HS302#heavy shade tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#rain garden#drought tolerant#perennials#sedge#colorful leaves#low maintenance#ornamental grass#interesting leaves#mass planting#erosion control#cpp#deer resistant#rock garden#clumping#naturalized area#wet soils tolerant#HS302#heavy shade tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carex
    Species:
    dolichostachya
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 2 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Creeping
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are insignifcant, grown for foliage.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Grown for its fine narrow (3/16" wide) bright green leaves edged with yellow
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Description:
    Triangular stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Rock Wall
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Wet Soil