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Carex lupulina (Hop sedge)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Carex lupulina

Other names

Hop sedge

Genus

Carex Carex

Species

C. lupulina - C. lupulina is a clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass with upright to arching, flat, linear, mid-green leaves and hop-like, light green flower spikelets in late spring and early summer.


Carex lupulina is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Arching, Upright

Flower

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn. Seeds need a winter cold period for germination. Divide between mid-spring and early summer. Tends to self-seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Carex lupulina (Hop sedge) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Waterside, Low Maintenance, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Bog garden, Beds and borders, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in moist or boggy soil in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates periodic standing water. Becomes chlorotic in dry, sunny conditions.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Boggy damp conditions

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Carex lupulina

Other names

Hop sedge

Genus

Carex Carex

Species

C. lupulina - C. lupulina is a clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass with upright to arching, flat, linear, mid-green leaves and hop-like, light green flower spikelets in late spring and early summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Arching, Upright


Colour

Flower

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn. Seeds need a winter cold period for germination. Divide between mid-spring and early summer. Tends to self-seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Carex lupulina (Hop sedge) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Waterside, Low Maintenance, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Bog garden, Beds and borders, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in moist or boggy soil in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates periodic standing water. Becomes chlorotic in dry, sunny conditions.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Boggy damp conditions

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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