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Carex elata - 'Aurea' (Bowles Golden Sedgesedge)

Carex elata - 'Aurea' (Bowles Golden Sedgesedge)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Grass, Evergreen, Ground cover
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Golden Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Carex elata Description

This upright yet arching golden foliage Carex looks good as a specimen in a pot or even better planted informally in groups, where it can be dotted ammoung herbaceous plants and other lower growing plants, such as Hosta and ferns.


Carex elata - Cultivation Notes

This arching golden grass prefers a sheltered spot in part shade but will tolerate total shade. Plant Carex 'Aurea' in any fertile yet well drained soil,in ammoung lower growing perennials, ideally as specimen plant. Mulch every few years and water occasionally during drought. Suites growing a specimen in a container


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Carex elata:

  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Carex elata

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Carex elata:

  • Compact evergreen plant suitable for container planting
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest

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