Sedge, carex, superb grass

Carex sedge growing near water

Carex are cute grasses well-known for the diverse hues of their foliage.

Core Sedge or Carex facts

Name – Carex
Family – Cyperaceae
Type – perennial, grass

Height – 1 ½ feet (50 cm)
Exposure – full sun or part sun
Soil – ordinary, rather moist

Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – July to October
Planting density – 7 to a square yard or meter

Caring for this plant from planting to pruning will enable you to make it even more beautiful.

Planting sedge, Carex

Indifferently, in fall or spring.
To produce a covering effect, provide about 7 plants to a square yard (1 m²).

Multiply through crown division in spring.

Trimming sedge, Carex

They don’t need any pruning.
You can remove faded inflorescences as they die away.

Watering Carex plants

Typically, grasses adapt to drought by drying out. Carex is no exception, but it will truly thrive if you plant it in moist soil.

  • Water abundantly upon planting.
  • Don’t worry about overwatering. Sedge will survive in soggy soil as long as it doesn’t stay flooded all the time.

Ornamental carex species to discover

Carex being the name of the family, a lot of different species are available in garden stores. Some are short and form clumps, like Oshima sedge, while others grow taller like C. spicata.

  • Oshima sedge, Carex hachijoensis: thin wispy leaves, grows about 8 inches tall (20 cm). The ‘Evergold’ cultivar is particularly appealing with a dashing yellow stripe along the center of each leaf.

All there is to know about sedge, carex

Weeping variety of carex grassSedge, which is the generic name used for several Carex species, is a particularly interesting grass because it stays beautiful all year round.

Its discrete flowering doesn’t overshadow its leafage that forms a beautiful persistent and resistant bunch.

You would best set it up in a moist spot, near a body of water or in cool soil.

It is easy to grow, and hardy, too, although most species wouldn’t survive extended freezing.

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Smart tip about sedge, carex

These plants are often as wide as they are tall, so they must be spaced accordingly.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Seed panicles by Hans Braxmeier under Pixabay license
A weeping variety by Markéta Machová under Pixabay license