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CAREX siderosticha 'Island Brocade'

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Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX siderosticha 'Island Brocade'

Plant Common Name

Broadleaved Sedge, Island Brocade Sedge

General Description

A grass-like deciduous perennial, ‘Island Brocade’ spreads to make an elegant, glowing groundcover. A selection of a sedge native to Japan, it is prized for its low height and short, broad, variegated leaves that are lime green, edged broadly with creamy yellow. It spreads by rhizomes (underground stems) to form a broad mat. The leaves have fine hairs and are soft to the touch.

This sedge grows best in sun to part shade and tolerates almost any well-drained moist soil. It is a beautiful plant in a container, by itself or as a carpet with other plants. In the garden, use it for edging, or massed as a groundcover. In shady spots use it for contrasts of habit and color, paired with hostas or ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (16)

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Light Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Light Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Light Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No