Orange Sedge

19 Mar

Orange Sedge (Carex testacea), everorange to deciduous, clumping arching growth to 1.5 ft., 2-3 ft. when in bloom, very thin, fine textured orange leaves arch elegantly, orange-brown inflorescence in summer, plant in full sun, tolerates some drought when established, provides wonderful color and fine texture, color may intensify in winter.

This species is native to New Zealand and is good for cascading over walls or in containers.

Carex is a large group of grasslike, clumping plants found worldwide and grown for foliage effect in borders, rock gardens, containers, water gardens (flowers are generally insignificant); some are used as lawn substitutes, as large-scale ground covers, or for erosion control. Long, narrow evergreen leaves are often striped or oddly colored. Specialists offer many varieties. Although characteristically found in damp soils, many sedges will grow under relatively dry conditions in cultivation. Many are short lived in gardens so are used as annuals.



3 Responses to “Orange Sedge”

  1. Megan Galaher March 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Has anyone had trouble with this being invasive? I have my concerns….

    • heiditarver March 11, 2012 at 3:32 am #

      Hi Megan. To my knowledge, Orange Sedge is not at all invasive. It makes neat clumps and can be divided when the clumps get too large. A wonderful ornamental grass!

  2. donnellday May 21, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    It’s not invasive in NZ, I’ve just planted it along our driveway. It can be a beautiful green colour as well at different stages of growth.

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