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CAREX elata 'Aurea'

Image of Carex elata 'Aurea'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX elata 'Aurea'

Plant Common Name

Bowles' Golden Sedge, Golden Winged Sedge, Winged Sedge

General Description

Golden winged sedge is an easy to grow clumping plant with chartreuse graceful, arching foliage. Its ability to grow in wet conditions makes it an excellent addition to a poorly drained site. Although it displays small blue flowers for a short period of time, it is mostly grown for its foliage as an accent to a mixed border or edging plant.

Sedge grows best in partial sun to shade with moist, acidic soil, but will adapt to normal soil conditions and even grows in shallow water as well as dry conditions. In extremely dry soils or in hot sunlight, leaves may have a tendency to brown or bleach to white.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 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

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m (2)

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (18)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Northern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Chartreuse

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No