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CAREX 'Cappuccino'

Image of Carex 'Cappuccino'

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX 'Cappuccino'

Plant Common Name

Cappuccino New Zealand Sedge, Hybrid Sedge, New Zealand Sedge

General Description

This is an eye-catching, useful selection of a sedge native to New Zealand. The slender, arching leaves grow in a clump that is upright in the center and spreading at the edges. They emerge red-brown and mature to a coppery brown, often with bright-orange tips. Though it much resembles an ornamental grass, it comes from a different family of plants, and like many of its fellow sedges, is more versatile than grasses, being tolerant of both full sun and partial sun and moist to almost-wet soils. The tiny flowers appear in clusters atop thin stems in mid-summer. The leaves are evergreen in warm climates, perennial in colder climates, where they wither and brown in autumn. Remove them in winter to make way for the new leaves in spring.

Grow this plant in sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Use it for its contrasts of color, texture and habit in containers, mixed beds and mixed borders. Or plant it as edging for walkways, or massed as a groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Tan, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes