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Plant Guide

Carex Testacea

Common Name
Orange New Zealand Sedge
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Grass or grass-like plant
Size
2' x 18"
Flower Color
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
fine textured, bronzey/orange
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Seed and Fruit for Birds
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Erosion Control
  • Fall Color
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
Water Use
  • Low
  • Moderate
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This sedge is graceful and full but it is primarily notable for it’s luscious color.  It is a gorgeous olive green/orange densely tufted and elegantly arching plant.  The color intensifies in full sun and provides year round pleasure.  This is one of New Zealand’s hardiest and most drought tolerant sedges.  It likes well-drained soil and doesn’t like to dry out completely.  It looks gorgeous spilling over rocks or walls and should be placed where the sun will offer its best opportunity to highlight it’s colors.

Master Gardener Comments

This is a stunning plant as an accent or grouped in a luscious swath of color, particularly on a sunny slope.  It also makes a wonderful container specimen.  Propagate by seed or division.

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