Frosty Curls Sedge

Carex albula

Clump-forming grass has silvery-green, very narrow, recurving leaf blades with hair-like curls. Gives the illusion of flowing water when planted on hillsides or allowed to spill over a wall. This versatile plant thrives in wet areas around ponds and water gardens, yet tolerates drier conditions. Adds texture to mixed container plantings. Evergreen.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationKAH-reks al-BEW-luh
LoreThe indigenous peoples around the world have utilized sedge roots in the weaving of baskets, maps and rope.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasSedge is a highly versatile plant for groundcover applications in small spaces or forest floor conditions.. Arrange in irregular masses for soft textured drifts through contrasting plants. May be lined up as an edging or planted on a grid for modern looks. Traditional in Asian and naturalistic style rock waterfall planting or around the edges of irregular pools and ponds. Even works well in containers as modernistic forms or mixed with colored foliage perennials.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth Habit12
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsThis pale sedge belongs with high contrast perennials such as Plum Pudding Coral Bells, (Heuchera x 'Plum Pudding'), Cameleon Houttuynia, (Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'), Butterflies In Flight Japanese Iris, (Iris ensata 'Butterflies in Flight') and Spring's Promise Ice Angels Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Spring's Promise').

Best with part shade in hot inland areas. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, cut back before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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