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Carex testacea (Sedge, Carex)

Type Grass, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Golden Flowers (Summer late), Golden Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Carex testacea Description

This golden green Carex developes into distinctive upright yet slightly pendulous clumps of fine hair like foliage. Looks good as a specimen in a pot or even better planted informally in groups or 3, 5 or more, where it can be dotted ammoung herbaceous plants and ground cover.


Carex testacea - Cultivation Notes

This slightly pendullus Carex grass grows in full sun or part shade but will tolerate deeper shade. Plant in any well drained soil, even sandy or chalky soils, mix in ammoung low growing perennials, ideally in groups or drifts.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Carex testacea:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Design & Plant Use for Carex testacea:

  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
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Common Missspellings: Karex, Carix, Karix, Carrex, Carrecs, Karecs, Karics

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