Carex sparganioides -
Bur-reed sedge looks equally good in a container or in
the landscape. The large reddish-brown hedge-hog-like flowers
are enhanced by the bright green foliage. Ample water will
bring out the best in this sedge and it feels at home in
the rock garden.
Many sedges need wet feet to do well, however Bur-reed
sedge is quite drought tolerant once established.
Good for soil stabilization on shaded slopes.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage - dark green; wide; 50-60 cm (20-24") tall
Flowers - May - July; 60 cm (24")
Ideal conditions: full sun to bright
shade; ample water in hot dry climates; average well-drained
soil should be fine
Coldest zone: 4-9 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: Carex
davailliana, Carex 'Beatlemania',
Season of interest: May to mid-summer
Drought tolerance rating: 4 (water to
root depth when soil starts to become dry); further
Recommended spacing between plants: 30-50
cm (12-20") why such a difference?
Native to: central and eastern North America
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) sparganioides
Sizes available: 4" pot sized field
clumps; gallon size field clumps
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