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Carex

Over 1500 species of Carex grow in a variety of habitats throughout the world, often in moist to wet areas. Carex testacea Orange Sedge in 10-count quartsCarex belongs to the sedge family Cyperaceae. Although the differences between sedges and grasses can be difficult to distinguish, there are some characteristics that can be used to differentiate between the plants from these two families. The most obvious characteristic is the flower stems; grasses have mostly round, hollow flower stems with nodes, whereas the flower stems of sedges do not have nodes and are triangular. Additionally, the flowers of grasses are perfect (both male and female flowers on the same flower) and sedges have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. For those die-hard taxonomists, another distinguishing characteristic is the ligules; most grasses have conspicuous ligules (appendages at the junction of the sheath and blade), while sedges do not have ligules.

Easily grown in medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Best performance is in evenly moist soils in part shade. Soils should not be allowed to dry out and need consistent supplemental watering in hot summer weather. Cut foliage to the ground and remove in late winter. May be propagated by division in spring. Plants will spread over time by rhizomes to form a dense ground cover.

Use in a bog, as border plants, in containers, in mass planting, as a specimen plant or focal point. It is an outstanding accent plant for brightening up shady gardens or pathways and is also striking in containers. Deer resistant.

PLANTING: Plant 18 inches apart in any good garden soil, in part shade. In the North, they can be grown in full sun. In the South, most prefer some shade. Most members of the genus need a moist soil.

MAINTENANCE: Divide in spring if it has become overcrowded. Otherwise, little or no maintenance is required. If the foliage looks poor and bedraggled after the winter, which is often the case in the North, cut it back hard in early spring and allow the new growth to come up afresh.

Insect or disease problems are generally a rare occurrence when growing carex. Aphids, mealybugs and slugs are the primary insect pests that may occasionally be observed feeding on them, but rarely do these pests become problematic. Rust and crown/root rots are the most common diseases growers are likely to observe. Improper planting practices or poor irrigation management are often responsible for the onset of root or crown rot pathogens.

  • Carex appalachica

    Carex appalachica (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex appalachica Sedge - Appalachica SedgeVery fine, dark green, weeping blades, 12" long. Evergreen in warmer climates. Appalachian Sedge is a native to the Eastern U.S. Clumping nature-spreading slowly- makes it suitable for borders. A good ground...

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  • Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' PP21002 EVERCOLOR Series
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    Carex o. EVERCOLOR 'Everillo' PP21002 (30)ct Flat

    Carex o. EVERCOLOR 'Everillo' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep...

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  • Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances'

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' (30)ct Flat

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' Common Names: Ice Dance Sedge, Sedge Grass, Japanese Sedge, Evergold Carex. Zone: 5 to 9, evergreen in the southern zones. Full sun in northern zones, but prefers partial to full shade. Mature size: 6 to 12 inches mounding...

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  • Carex s. 'Banana Boat'

    Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' (30)ct Flat

    Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' a/k/a Creeping Broad-leaved Sedge, Ornamental Zones 5 to 9; Part to full shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, spreads 12 to 15 inches. Slow growth rate. 1 inch wide leaves are bright lemon or banana yellow with...

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  • Carex flacca

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' Common Name: Bunny Blue® Sedge, RushFamily: Cyperaceae Zone: 5 to 9 Height: 12 inches Spread: 12 inches Bloom Time: Insignificant yellowish flowers late spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low...

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  • Carex flacca

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] Common Name: Pennsylvania sedge Family: Cyperaceae Zone: 4 to 9 Height: 8 to 10 inches Spread: 6 to 12 inches Insignificant green flowers, late Spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low Deer...

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  • Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire'  (10)ct Quarts

    Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' (10)ct Quarts

    Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' (10)ct Quarts Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire Color Grass' (Orange Sedge, Orange New Zealand Sedge). The finely textured, glossy leaves begin life as olive green & age to a distinct orange-red as it matures. The elegant,...

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  • Carex pensylvanica

    Carex pensylvanica (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex pensylvanica Common Name: Pennsylvania sedge Family: Cyperaceae This species spreads quickly, forming a casual lawn alternative for shady places.  Zone: 3 to 9 Height: 6 to 12 inches Spread: 6 to 12 inches Bloom Time: May Part shade to...

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  • Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances'

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' Common Names: Ice Dance Sedge, Sedge Grass, Japanese Sedge, Evergold Carex. Zone: 5 to 9, evergreen in the southern zones. Full sun in northern zones, but prefers partial to full shade. Mature size: 6 to 12 inches mounding...

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  • Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep green...

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  • Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'

    Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' (10)ct Quarts

    Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep...

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  • Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist'

    Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist' (10)ct Quarts

    Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist' a/k/a Sedge, Sedge Grass, Japanese Sedge. Zone 7 to 10, hardy to about five degrees F. Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 18 to 24 inches, clump forming. Dramatic foliage display of slender, mocha leaves with an...

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  • Carex  comans 'Amazon Mist'
Carex 'Amazon Mist' is a fine textured, weeping, frosted blue foliage sedge that prefers average to dry conditions.  Evergreen and hardy from zone 7-9.

    Carex comans 'Amazon Mist' (10)ct Quarts

    Carex comans 'Amazon Mist' Common Names: New Zealand Hair Sedge. Zone: 7 to 9, evergreen in the southern zones. Full sun in northern zones, but prefers partial to full shade. Mature size: 12 inches mounding plant spreads slowly by rhizomes. Compact,...

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  • Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'
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    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (30)ct Flat

    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep...

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  • Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'

    Carex elata 'Bowles Golden' (30)ct Flat

    Carex elata 'Bowles Golden' a/k/a Gold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Ornamental Zones 6 to 8; Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun). Mature size 2 to 3 feet height, spreads 2 to 3 feet. This sedge has bright gold foliage with thin green margins and is taller than...

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