Carex look a bit like grasses but are not. They’re easy to grow, even in pot.
Common name : Sedge
Scientific name : Carex spp.
Family : Cyperaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Rough 'n tough
Full description for Carex spp. not yet available.
Sowing & planting
10 - 150
Identify my sedge
Sedges or Carex are a genus of plants of the family Cyperaceae.
They grow in humid areas - heaths, forest ponds - in cold to temperate regions.
They have cutting leaves, with stems often of triangular section.
The flowers are ears; sometimes male and female ears are present on the same plant. Sedges count with rushes and molinies among the few plants whose root system is well adapted to asphyxiated soils, packed or waterlogged, even acidic.
There's really not much to do with the sedge - it's a restful plant!
Plant my sedge
Plant where? It depends! Some species of sedges can only be planted in very wet areas, near water points or even semi-submerged, and these then support cold temperatures down to -15 ° C.
Other species will live with cool ordinary soils and can withstand temporary droughts. Beware, sedges originating from New Zealand are freezing below -7 ° C. Outside the marshy areas, sedges can be used in beds associated with perennials but also in pots, on terraces and balconies.
Plant in the fall, except for less hardy species that you will plant in the spring, protecting them the next winter with a forcing veil or straw. Avoid soils that are too sandy!
Water my sedge
Some sedges, planted in dry areas, may require watering which remains very moderate. To monitor !
Prune my sedge
Remove the faded flowers at the end of the winter - with gloves! Be careful.
Take care of my sedge
No maintenance! Especially no fertilizer, sedges like asphyxiated soil or waterlogged!
No pruning either, except occasionally you should clean the dry leaves ... a perfect plant for the slacker!