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Flatsedge, Hardy Papyrus
Though some argue flat sedge looks a bit like nut sedge on steroids, this fast-growing sedge can make a pleasing garden statement if planted in a moist container or enclosed garden space among colorful garden flowers. Native populations are found in southeastern Europe, along the Caucasus Mountains and down into Syria, Israel and Pakistan. Flat sedge grows best in moist soils but will tolerate those with average moisture.
The bright green, grassy foliage of hardy papyrus has a distinct triangular base, a characteristic common of sedges. In summer it produces upright stems topped with leafy bracts. Round clusters of yellow green flower spikes appear from between the bracts. These striking flowers are great for cutting and add interesting flare to arrangements.
Grow flat sedge in locations with full to partial sun and moist, fertile soil. It is well suited to container culture. There are no reports of this sedge escaping from cultivation and becoming weedy. Still it would be wise to remove its dry seedheads to keep it from self-sowing.
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Sedge or Rush
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20"-30" / 50.8cm - 76.2cm
Late Summer, Early Fall
Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Turkey
Clay, Loam, Sand
Average Water, Ample Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Yellow Green
Bog Garden, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Water Gardens
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