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Bowles Golden Sedge

Carex elata 'Aurea'

SKU
02259
Bright yellow new leaves in spring are especially striking, but color carries through the year. Best color in full sun, but also brightens shady areas. For dramatic effect, combine with contrasting deep green foliage plants such as hostas. Thrives in moist soils; tolerates shallow water at the edge of ponds. Semi-Evergreen.
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Botanical PronunciationKAH-reks el-AH-tuh AW-ree-uh
Average Size at MaturitySlow spreading clump; reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Edging, Groundcover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist.
Companion PlantsClethra (Clethra); Sweetspire (Itea); Iris (Iris); Hosta (Hosta); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)

Thrives in enriched, loamy, moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system. Once established, maintain evenly moist soil; does not tolerate dry conditions. For tidy appearance, cut back old foliage just before new growth emerges in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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