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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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Edging, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
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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