• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KAR-eks al-BEW-la
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Brown
    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.
    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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.

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