Uncinia - a cousin of the very large genus Carex - is used an an ornemental plant.
Common name : Hook-sedge
Scientific name : Uncinia spp.
Family : Cyperaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Uncinia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cyperaceae, known as hook-sedges in Australia and as hook grasses or bastard grasses in New Zealand. The genus is characterised by the presence of a long hook formed by an extension of the rachilla which is used to attach the fruit to passing animals, especially birds, and it is this feature which gives the genus its name, from the Latin uncinus, meaning a hook or barb.
Sowing & planting
25 - 35
6 - 7
Identify my hook-sedge
Uncinia are perennial, persistent Cyperaceae, sometimes rhizomatous with cylindrical stems and grassy leaves - understand "like grass".
Flowering is carried by the stems, in the form of male ears at the top, and female ears underneath.
Cultivated varieties have colorful foliage.
Plant my hook-sedge
Where to plant it? Uncinia can be used as perennials but also in pots, terraces and balconies.
Plant in spring, in full sun or partial shade in a rather humic, draining, cool soil. If the soil is heavy, add some fibrous compost.
In pots, plant on a bed of gravel - or on bursts of terracota pots that did not support the frost last year - in a mix of loam and ripe compost.
Water my hook-sedge
Water your potted Uncinia twice a week during the first year, until they form a good rooting. Then, water only in case of drought.
Fertilize my hook-sedge
In October-November, nothing like a layer of compost on the top of the soil to prepare the next year!
Propagate my hook-sedge
Do you want more? Then divide your tufts of Uncinia between March and May with a spade, and transplant them in the sun, in medium soil, rich.