James H. Schutte
(Muskingum Sedge, Oehme Palm Sedge, Palm Sedge)
Native to the Great Lakes region of Central North America, palm sedge bears its grassy leaves in papyrus-like whorls along lax knee-high "stems" (properly known as culms). The bright green leaves of the cultivar 'Oehme' develop bright yellow margins in summer. The leaf centers become yellow-tinged in full sun. Plants spread slowly by underground rhizomes to form large clumps. Modestly attractive golden brown inflorescences appear at the culm tips in June and persist through the summer.
(Black Sedge, Variegated Black Sedge)
A selection of Black Flowering Sedge, ‘Variegata’ is an adaptable perennial grown for its leaves and habit. The leaves are wider than most sedges, arched and tapering, colored medium green and edged with thin margins of pale green. They grow in an upright clump. The nondescript flowers appear in clusters on long stems in. They are briefly white and give way to dark brown or black seed pods.
Grow this plant in sun to partial shade in almost any moist, well-drained soil, or even shallow water. In...
(Sparkler Sedge, Tenjiku Sedge)
This curious evergreen perennial, ‘Sparkler’ is a cultivar of Palm sedge, a native of China so named for its habit of growing in a clump of upright stems topped with narrow, tapering, horizontal leaves arranged like the spokes of a wheel or the fronds of a palm tree. The leaves of ‘Sparkler’ add to its exotic look. They are very pale green edged with thin margins of dark green Like most sedges ‘Sparkler’ does best on moist to normal soil, but is among that tolerate a bit of dryness. It grows well...
(Bob's Variegated Greater Pond Sedge, Greater Pond Sedge)
This is a strikingly variegated selection of Greater Pond Sedge, a widespread, water-loving perennial of the northern Hemisphere. Growing as a tall upright clump, ‘Bob’s Variegated’ has narrow, stiff, leaves that are upright and arching and boldly striped longwise in white and green, with the white stripes turning yellow in summer. The flowers are nondescript but appear in tall, eye-catching clusters that are briefly white and give way to brown or black seedpods.
This sedge thrives at the edge...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(New Zealand Sedge, Orange Sedge)
This native of New Zealand is an outstanding foliage plant. Commonly called orange sedge, it is an evergreen, short-perennial that forms dense, upright to fountain-shaped clumps of fine, gray-green foliage with a copper to orange-brown caste. Sun-loving and tough, it prefers average soil that is well drained but evenly moist. It may be planted in containers or mixed with colorful annuals and perennials in the garden. This sedge may self sow and can be grown as a tender perennial where not hardy....
Native to dry soils in the northwestern U.S., this sedge grows in a spreading, cascading clump of narrow green leaves. Though it resembles an ornamental grass and is listed by some nurseries as a grass, it belongs to a different family, and like many of its fellow sedges, is more versatile than most grasses, being tolerant of both full sun and partial to fairly deep shade (even under trees) and most soils, including somewhat dry, moist and wet soils. In mild climates, it is evergreen. It is rhizomatous...
James H. Schutte
Papaya is a small, short-lived tropical tree-like herb bearing large melon-shaped fruits directly on its thick stem. The large scalloped, seven-lobed leaves top the hollow trunk. The fruit is edible and enzymes from the plant are used as meat tenderizer. Ordinarily you need both male and female plants for fruit production, however some plants have both gender flowers on the same plant.
Papaya needs a full sun to partial sun exposure, it appreciates heat. In the warm months, ensure it has plenty...