CAREX flagellifera 'Bronzita'( COLORGRASS® SERIES)
Plant Common Name
Bronzita Copperleaf Sedge, Copperleaf Sedge, Weeping Copper Sedge
This selection of a brown-leaved sedge native to New Zealand has narrow, slender, arching leaves growing in a dense mound that is upright in the center and cascading or weeping at the edges. The leaves are a uniform light brown, an unusual autumnal color for a plant that is growing actively. Though it much resembles an ornamental grass, it comes from a different family all together, 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 long, whip-like stems (hence the species name flagellifera) 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. This sedge spreads slowly by rhizomes (underground stems) and one plant eventually becomes a colony of plants, a feature that makes it useful as a groundcover. Shearing the leaves prompts the rhizomes to spread faster, and can be done three or four times during the growing season.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 7
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 11
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Sedge or Rush
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
2'-2' / 0.6m - 0.6m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall