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Carex

Description

Carex is a genus with over 2,000 grass-like plants called sedges found all over the world.  It is in the Cyperaceae or sedge family and has a wide variety of leaf colors and textures but the leaves are triangular in cross-section.  The genus is divided into three main groups.

Asian- Evergreen in mild climates, usually variegated and well adapted to shade.  They are suitable for containers and brighten shady corners.

New Zeland- Take more sun, red-bronze or orange leaves common.

North American-Great lawn alternative for shady locations and restoring disturbed sites.

They are slow growing and can be more difficult to grow in a landscape setting than ornamental grasses.  Sedge can handle light foot traffic. They quickly show signs of stress if they are over fertilized or over watered.  Plant them along a border front, in small groups or use them in containers.

 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Juniper Level Botanic Gardens: Front Shade Garden Juniper Level Botanic Gardens: Part Sun-Part Shade Gardens Juniper Level Botanic Gardens: Front Shade Garden Juniper Level Botanic Gardens: Part Sun-Part Shade Gardens Shaded Slope Border Garden- Pathway Shaded Slope Juniper Level Botanic Gardens: Front Shade Garden Border Garden- Pathway
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#wildlife plant#slow growing#sedge#cover plant#mass planting#border planting#nesting sites#larval host plant#border front#food source herbage#small group plantings#stormwater demo garden orange co
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#wildlife plant#slow growing#sedge#cover plant#mass planting#border planting#nesting sites#larval host plant#border front#food source herbage#small group plantings#stormwater demo garden orange co
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carex
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Food source for small mammals, ducks, grouse, wild turkeys, songbirds. Larval food source for caterpillars. The leaves provide cover and nestings sites.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • 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)
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    Nutlet, sometimes trifolate
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Solitary or dense spiklets appear spring to early summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Triangular clums
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Foot Traffic
    Heavy Shade