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...
(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...
(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...