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Carex testacea (Orange New Zealand sedge)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Carex testacea

Other names

Orange New Zealand sedge

Genus

Carex Carex

Species

C. testacea - C. testacea is a densely tufted, evergreen perennial with long, olive-green to orange-brown arching leaves and pale to dark brown flower spikes on stems in midsummer.


Carex testacea is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Brown in Summer

Foliage

Orange, Bronze in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

General care

Pruning

In summer cut out any dead leaves.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Carex testacea (Orange New Zealand sedge) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Containers, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in any well-drained fertile soils. Does not tolerate excessive winter wet, and may need winter protection in cold areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Carex testacea

Other names

Orange New Zealand sedge

Genus

Carex Carex

Species

C. testacea - C. testacea is a densely tufted, evergreen perennial with long, olive-green to orange-brown arching leaves and pale to dark brown flower spikes on stems in midsummer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Brown in Summer

Foliage

Orange, Bronze in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

General care

Pruning

In summer cut out any dead leaves.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Carex testacea (Orange New Zealand sedge) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Containers, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in any well-drained fertile soils. Does not tolerate excessive winter wet, and may need winter protection in cold areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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