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CAREX siderosticha 'Lemon Zest'

Image of Carex siderosticha 'Lemon Zest' PP14463

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Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX siderosticha 'Lemon Zest' PP14463

Plant Common Name

Broadleaved Sedge, Lemon Zest Sedge

General Description

A grass-like deciduous perennial, ‘Lemon Zest’ is a creeping ornamental sedge prized for its short, broad, bright lime-yellow to chartreuse leaves that almost glow in shade gardens. It spreads slowly by rhizomes (underground stems) to form a broad mat.

This sedge grows best in part shade and tolerates almost any well-drained soil that is constantly moist. It tends to burn in full sun, even with regular watering. 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 dark hostas, heucheras and ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • 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

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Chartreuse

  • 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes