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CAREX laxiculmis (BUNNY BLUE)

Image of Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' (BUNNY BLUE) PPAF

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX laxiculmis 'Hobb'(BUNNY BLUE) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Bunny Blue Sedge, Spreading Sedge

General Description

This handsome selection of a native to eastern North America, has unusually broad leaves leaves in a spreading, informal clump.dense mound that is upright in the center and cascading or weeping at the edges. The leaves are light blue-green, useful for contrast with companions that are ordinary green. Though some nurseries list ‘Hobb’ with grasses, sedges are a different family all together, and like many of its fellow sedges, this one is more versatile than grasses, being tolerant of shade and moist almost-wet soils. The tiny, negligible 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. 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 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    North America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No