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New Zealand Hair Sedge 'Frosted Curls'

  • Scientific Name: Carex comans 'Frosted Curls'
  • Garden: Lawn Alternatives Garden
  • Plant Type: Grass/Sedge
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Dry to Wet

Plant Information

The genus Carex is a member of the sedge family and is a large genus with over 1,000 different species found throughout the world. They are a part of the same family as Cyperus papyrus, the plant the ancient Egyptians used to make paper. Carex form clumps or tufts of grass-like foliage which comes in a range of colors from greens, blues, yellows, browns, oranges and some striking variegations. Because this is such a large genus, there is a wide variety of appearances among the Carex. Some are very upright with leaves that curl at the tips, while others will be low and mounding with long flowing leaves that look like a waterfall spilling over a wall. Some Carex spread by rhizomes that will slowly creep along the ground and make good ground-cover options, although none are invasive or aggressive. A gardener can find a Carex for sun or shade, for a boggy area or a dry spot. Because they are evergreen, they are great choices for year-round interest in the garden and they also make fantastic container plants either as a focal point or an accent. Culture: Carex are very easy grass-like plants like tend to like damp, sunny locations although some will adapt to dry garden conditions and some species can handle some shade. Pests and Diseases: None here in the Pacific Northwest, although some of the brown-leaved species from New Zealand are susceptible to root-mealy bugs in hot climates Maintenance: Most Carex species are evergreen so it is a good idea to periodically cut them back in the spring to rejuvenate the plant and remove winter damaged foliage. For deciduous species cut back old growth in spring when you see the new growth starting. Propagation: Divide clumps in late spring.

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