A large genus of more than 1500 species of grass-like plants, commonly known as sedges. At least 70 species are native to New Zealand. Their foliage is grass-like and they are clump or tussock forming, softening the edges in a landscape design like few other plants can do. They grow naturally and are bred in a wide range of colours, and can therefore compliment any planting scheme. Some are tall, some are short, some are curly, some are drooping and some are stiff. There is a Carex for every effect you could wish to create.
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The flowers of the genus are insignificant but do add a dimension to the plant as they form their seed heads which generally stand proud of the grass-like foliage, waving about gracefully in the breeze.
The cultivation requirements of the plants vary, although most species need full sun or part-shade, some being more adaptable to woodland settings, preferring moist soil, whilst others are completely forgiving of being left in hot, arid conditions without much attention at all. The latter are more suited to rock gardens or to softening the edges of stony walkways.
Attractive NZ native grass that forms a clump of tussock-like foliage. The leaves are a dark bronze purple. Upright and graceful, looks fabulous planted in large drifts. Hardy to just about any conditions but happiest in a sunny position that does not dry out completely in summer. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 50cm
Wetland Native - Autumn Sedge. Attractive tufts of coarse green foliage with strong bronze tones. Summer seed-heads of dark brown. Will grow happily in moist damp conditions in sun or part shade. Tough and robust, great for mass planting in difficult spots. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Brown Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
Wetland Native. This sedge is found throughout New Zealand in forests, scrub and swampy areas. Great to use to absorb water around housing that have high water tables. Can be grown in quite shady areas, under trees, or in an open situation, but it requires a moist soil,cool root zone. Evergreen
It has an attractive arching habit. The ribbed leaves are a fresh bright green and contrast with the very dark seed heads.
A very attractive little 'Sedge' with arching leaves of green edged with silver. Forms a neat and tidy evergreen clump and would look most impressive planted en masse. Plant in morning sun or part shade in soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Would make a nice container plant too. Perennial. PVR.
Insignificant brown flowers will appear amongst the foliage in summer.
Flower Colour: Brown Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
An attractive and award winning little Carex with variegated arching foliage in shades of cream and soft yellow. Eventually forms a neat and tidy clump. Looks best planted in large drifts to form a carpet under trees etc. Grows best in part shade. Evergreen.
Carex 'Evergold' prefers to grow in a soil that does not completely dry out in summer.
Flower Colour: Brown Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 20cm
The striking foliage starts out chartreuse and then shades to golden yellow through the summer. Great for brightening up shady spots, or for adding a pop of colour to a mixed container. This easy care evergreen grass can be used as a groundcover, to edge a path or patio, or tucked into a living wall or window box. Perennial
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 60cm
Easy on the eyes, easy to grow and low maintenance, this plant forms a neat, easily controlled mound of green foliage with lime margins. Everlime is a great cold hardy accent plant for all year round arrangements. Everlime does well in mass plantings and in open situations. Perennial
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Carex Eversheen is a superb ground cover and container plant with distinctive lime yellow striped foliage. A wonderful little selection with a fresh appearance. It is easy to grow, low maintenance and forms a neat easily controlled mound. Eversheen is a great cold hardy accent plant for all year round arrangements. Perennial
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Featherfalls is a highly decorative Carex with outstanding garden and pot performance. The long clean and crisp foliage will reward you with a year round maintenance free plant. A highlight of this new variety is its beautiful plumes of feathery flower stems that emerge from the centre of the fresh new variegated foliage during the spring months. Evergreen
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Native wetland grass. A bright green grass that forms a large clump. With age, a trunk-like mass of old leaves forms so the grass seems perched on a tall mound. Good for planting in damp to wet areas but will tolerate short periods of dryness. Plant around ponds as shelter for birds.
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
This native 'grass' is really tough and hardy tolerating cold winds and almost any soil. The brick-orange foliage looks very graceful as it waves and dances in the wind. Ideal for planting in large drifts. If the clumps become a little untidy just chop back hard for renewed vigour. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 50cm
The perfect plant to add texture and movement to your planting scheme. The arching narrow foliage sways gracefully in the wind. Plumes of creamy green flowers appear in early summer. Hardy and tolerant, easy to grow just about anywhere but prefers a well drained position. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Cream Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
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A large, fast-growing coarse green tussock. Versatile revegetation and erosion-control plant, and useful low shelter on wet and dry sites. Attractive creamy white flower heads to 2-3m from December-January. Great under pivots. Evergreen. Hardy.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
A native perennial with narrow spears of bronze green foliage that turns orange-brown in winter. Wiry stems of dainty white 'butterfly' flowers appear in spring and summer. Prefers a semi-shaded position and acid soil. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Clump Forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 80cm
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