Frosty Curls Sedge
Frosty Curls Sedge
Carex albulaItem #2253 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KAR-eks al-BEW-laDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 24Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Dramatic Foliage ColorFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower color:BrownDesign 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.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').
- CareCare InformationBest 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.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Nearly a third of the sedge family, Cyperaceae is composed in genus Carex. This species is native to New Zealand as are many others of this group.Lore:The indigenous peoples around the world have utilized sedge roots in the weaving of baskets, maps and rope.