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Carex testacea (Orange Sedge)

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Orange foliage on Carex testacea.
Carex testacea growing in a garden.
Casading brown and red foliage on Carex testacea.
Large Carex testacea in a garden with cascading orange and brown leaves.
The average plant height is 30 cm

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Suited to regions:All regions
Plant type:Ornamental Grasses
Height:50 cm
Spread:50 cm
Flowering time:
Tolerances:Coastal, Hardy, Wet, Wind
Garden uses:Banks, Borders, Containers, Living areas, Parks, Paths & Steps, Patios, Ponds, Pool areas, Specimen
Garden styles:Alpine, Architectural, Backyard, City & Courtyard, Coastal, Frontyard, Japanese, Mediterranean, Modern, Native, Rock
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Carex testacea (Orange Sedge) Details

Carex testacea, commonly known as Orange Sedge, is a highly popular, NZ native, ornamental grass with foliage that creates wispy movements in the wind. This tussock-like grass bears rich, orange-bronze leaves as it grows to 50 cm tall and the same wide. It is a hardy plant that is suitable for most soil conditions, barring extreme wet and dry, and tolerates dry periods, frost, wind, cool climates, and coastal conditions. Carex testacea is commonly used in coastal or rock gardens, included in borders or mixed plantings, mass planted either as a groundcover or on a bank, or simply grown in a container. Orange Sedge is a very versatile and rewarding plant which is favoured by landscape designers across NZ.

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