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CAREX 'Prairie Fire'
Prairie Fire Sedge, Sedge
This is an eye-catching, useful selection of a sedge native to New Zealand. The slender grassy leaves grow in a wide clump shaped like a fountain. They are blue-green on top, white on the underside, with tips that curl back on themselves and twist to reveal the white side, making the perimeter of the clump look misty. 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 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 texture and habit in containers, mixed beds and mixed borders. Or plant it as edging for walkways, or massed as a groundcover.
9 - 7
7 - 9
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Blue Green
Bog Garden, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall
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