Plants - Ornamental Grasses

Versatile Sedges

These grasslike plants deserve to be grown in more gardens.

Sedges to Know

Legend: s – Full Sun, f – Part Shade, d – Full Shade


Leatherleaf (Carex buchananii
Height x Spread: 30 x 30 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: average to moist
Zone 7
Features: form narrow, bronzy cinnamon, hairlike leaves; good as a focal point or placed behind edging plants

'Frosted Curls' ( C. comans ‘Frosted Curls'
Height x Spread: 20 x 45 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: average to dry, grows best in moist soil
Zone 7
Features: cascading, low mound; mopheaded mound; silvery green evergreen leaves

Bronze Hair ( C. c. bronze form
Height x Spread: 20 x 60 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: average to dry, grows best in moist soil
Zone 7
Features: grows cascading, low mound; bronze hairlike leaves; good for rock gardens and massing at front of border

Gold Fountains ( C. dolichostachya ‘Kaga-nishiki'
Height x Spread: 20 x 60 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: average to moist
Zone 6
Features: evergreen mound; creamy gold-striped green leaves

Blue Creeping ( C. flacca a.k.a. C. glauca
Height x Spread: 10 x 45 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: average to dry, grows best in moist
Zone 4
Features: grows narrow, blue-green leaves; forms low creeping patch; evergreen in milder regions

Morning Star ( C. grayi
Height x Spread: 10 x 45 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: moist or wet
Zone 3
Features: grows upright form; papyrus-like leaves; showy seed heads

Palm ( C. muskingumensis
Height x Spread: 40 x 60 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: average, moist or wet
Zone 3
Features: upright, tropical-looking, arching leaves; deciduous

Variegated Japanese ( C. oshimensis ‘Evergold'
Height x Spread: 15 x 30 cm
Light: f
Soil: average, dry; best in moist
Zone 6
Features: slow mound; leathery cream-striped green leaves; evergreen in milder regions; good accent plant along edge of shady border; tolerates dry conditions once established

'Banana Boat', ‘Lemon Zest' and Island Brocade Broad-leafed ( C. siderosticha ‘Banana Boat', ‘Lemon Zest', ‘Shima-nishiki'*Note: Nomenclature for these C. siderosticha cultivars is under review pending reclassification as C. ciliatomarginata
Height x Spread: 20 x 45 cm
Light: f
Soil: average to moist
Zone 7
Features: similar habit as C.s. ‘Variegata', but more colourful; outstanding container plant

Broad-Leafed Japanese ( C. oshimensis ‘Evergold'
Height x Spread: 15 x 60 cm
Light: s to f
Soil: dry; best in moist
Zone 4
Features: grow slow, slow-spreading patch; narrow, medium green leaves edged in white; good groundcover or edging plant; resembles a miniature hosta



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