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CAREX comans 'Bronze'

Image of Carex comans 'Bronze'

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX comans 'Bronze'

Plant Common Name

Bronze Leatherleaf Sedge, New Zealand Hair Sedge

General Description

The evergreen New Zealand hair sedge 'Bronze' is an outstanding foliage plant that's native to its namesake. In the wild, it can be found in moist open grasslands, riparian flats and in moist rocky alcoves. It is a marginally hardy perennial that’s quite tough and easy to grow.

This vigorous perennial forms neat dense clumps of fine, grassy foliage. The slender blades arch giving the clumps a fountain-like appearance. The foliage is bronzy red. Short inconspicuous spikes of flowers appear in summer but are masked by the leaves.

Grow this sedge in average to fertile soil that is well-drained but evenly moist. Enjoy this sedge in rock gardens, sunny mixed borders and containers. It combines well with all colorful annuals and perennials for sun.

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

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Brown

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sienna, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Sienna, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sienna, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Sienna, Bronze

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes