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.
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
New stock expected Middle of March, 2023. Pre-order now. Estimated price $22.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.