Carex flagellifera - Weeping
Colour and form are the best attributes for this New Zealand sedge.
As a young plant the bronze-red fine-textured leaves are very attractive
and as it matures the upright leaves start to arch over to the ground.
I still can't believe that Carex flagellifera is both hardy
and can be grown in full sun. When grown in shade, the leaves
appear more a reddish-green colour. Evergreen in milder
climates, hardy to at least Zone 6 (possibly Zone 5), this
sedge will quietly enhance any suitable landscape for many
years with minimal care.
The high arching clumps are very effective when planted
quite close together.
Description: high arching clumps; evergreen in milder
Foliage - reddish brown; narrow blade width; 35-50 cm (14-20") tall
Flowers - sparse; in late spring; 50-75 cm (20-30")
Ideal conditions: full sun or light shade; moist
Coldest Zone: 6, possibly Zone 5 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: evergreens, Bergenia, Heuchera
(Coral bells), Iris, Zauschneria
Season of interest: year-round in milder climates
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every 2 weeks); further info
Native to: New Zealand
Recommended spacing between plants: 50-100 cm (20-40")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) flagellifera (FLAH-jill-ih-fer-ah)
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