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.
(Everest Japanese Sedge, Everest Oshima Sedge, Japanese Sedge)
Japanese sedge is an evergreen perennial grown for its attractive, arching, grass-like leaves. The cultivar 'Fiwhite', known better by its marketed name of Everest, boasts dark green leaves lined with white edges. Flower-clustered panicles of tiny brown blossoms appear in late spring. This selection looks very much like a mounded clump of lilyturf (Liriope spp.) when not in bloom.
Everest Japanese sedge performs best in partial shade and moist soils, although it tolerates full sun as long...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Gold Strike Oshima Sedge, Gold Strike Sedge, Japanese Sedge)
This small sedge is an evergreen, herbaceous perennial descended from a native of Japan. It grows in an open clump of narrow, arching leaves that are light green or gold, edged with thin green margins. Though some nurseries list ‘Gold Strike’ with grasses, mainly because of its grassy leaves, like most sedges it is more versatile than grasses, being tolerant of partial shade and evergreen. Remove the leaves in winter to tidy the plant before the new leaves emerge in spring.
Grow Gold Strike sedge...
(Evergold Sedge, Japanese Sedge, Oshima Sedge)
Japanese sedge is an evergreen perennial grown for its attractive, arching, grass-like leaves. The cultivar 'Supergold' has creamy yellow foliage with dark green margins. Panicles of brown flowers appear in late spring.
'Supergold' performs best in partial shade and moist, well-drained, fertile soils. Japanese sedges falter in soggy, waterlogged soils, unlike most other sedge species. This deer-resistant plant works well in the woodland border, as a groundcover, or in containers. Its showy leaves...
(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...
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....
Forest & Kim Starr
(Carissa, Natal Plum)
Natal plum is an attractive, spiny shrub native to South Africa. This tropical, evergreen plant has thick, leathery leaves which are oval to roundish, often with a spine at the tip. There are also many sharp, Y-shaped thorns on the stems and branches. The leaves are glossy; bright dark green on the upper surface, paler below and opposite on the stem. Milky, latex sap is exuded when the plant is cut or broken. The star-shaped, tubular, white flowers are borne singly or in small clusters at the branch...
Mark A. Miller
(Boxwood Beauty Natal Plum)
Natal plum ‘Boxwood Beauty’ is an attractive, dwarf, nearly spineless cultivar of Carissa macrocarpa which is a spiny shrub native to South Africa. This tropical, evergreen plant has thick, leathery leaves which are oval to roundish. The leaves are glossy; bright dark green on the upper surface, paler below and opposite on the stem. Milky, latex sap is exuded when the plant is cut or broken. The star-shaped, tubular, white flowers are borne singly or in small clusters at the branch tips...