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.
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.
Colour: Assorted 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.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 50cm
A tall weeping 'grass' with broad foliage that is green when young but when mature takes on a most attractive blue tinge. This colour is further enhanced if the plant is grown in semi-shade. The brown seed heads which appear in summer add a nice contrast. Hardy. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
NZ Native Grass that is a successful colonising plant often used for wetland planting that can also grow on dry sites making it suitable for planting where the conditions may vary periodically. Virgata is a mass of green needle foliage. Tolerant coastal condition. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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.
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.
Colour: White Habit: Clumping 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.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 80cm
Native - Hook Sedge. This clump forming sedge has attractive foliage in tones of bronzy red. In summer little brown flowers appear and produce seeds that have a 'hook' on the tip hence the common name. Grow in sun or part shade in humus rich soil that does not completely dry out. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
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