Family: Cyperaceae

Scientific Name: Carex testacea Orange Sedge

Common Name: Orange Sedge

DescriptionAn unique mounding sedge with coppery orange colored foliage.
Pronunciation(KAIR-eks)(test-uh-SEE-uh)
Plant TypeGrass Ornamental
Hardiness Zone(6)7-9
Sunlightcolors are brighter in full sun, needs a minimum of half day
Moistureaverage, moist, doesn't like dry
Soil & Siteaverage, moist, well drained
Temperaturefor me they have tolerated cool temperatures at least into the lower 40's F, if not more, cool temperatures intensifies the color
Flowersinsignificant
Leavesfine texture grass-like leaves, olive green copper brown in summer, copper brown color in cooler weather
Dimensions15 inches, mound forming, cascades as it becomes larger
Propagationdivision, seeds
Native SiteNative to New Zealand's north and south Islands in moist sites.
Author's NotesThis is a unique plant. I have used it several times in containers and is easy to grow. I like the unique color of the foliage.
Notes & Reference#92-The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grass (John Greenlee), #103-The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses (Rick Darke))
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