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CAREX flagellifera 'Toffee Twist'

Image of Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX flagellifera 'Toffee Twist'

Plant Common Name

Copperleaf Sedge, Toffee Twist Sedge, Weeping Copper Sedge

General Description

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

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    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, Full Shade

  • Height

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Brown

  • Fruit Color

    Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Tan, Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Tan, Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Tan, Sienna

  • 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

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No