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Carex testacea

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New Zealand Hair Sedge (Carex testacea) at Roger's Gardens

New Zealand Hair Sedge

New Zealand Hair Sedge

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Orange Sedge

Description:

Ornamental olive green foliage, turning coppery shades in summer, adding warm, orange tints into fall and winter; great in a moist border in shade or sun, does not like to dry out; more orange in full sun locations

Ornamental Features

New Zealand Hair Sedge's attractive grassy leaves are olive green in color with showy coppery-bronze variegation and tinges of brown. The foliage often turns brown and in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

New Zealand Hair Sedge is an herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

New Zealand Hair Sedge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

New Zealand Hair Sedge will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 7 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

New Zealand Hair Sedge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features