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Orange New Zealand Sedge
Orange New Zealand Sedge
Carex testacea is an ornamental grass with striking color and texture that is sure to turn heads. A popular choice in the landscape, this sedge is prized for its year-round color and low maintenance and is well suited for the California garden. Orange New Zealand Sedge will bring beauty and color to your garden and is sure to be a favorite.
This evergreen ornamental grass, commonly known as Orange Sedge, features narrow, arching glossy leaves that range in colors from olive green, to golden brown and coppery orange depending on light intensity. Dense clumps of upright-arching, finely textured foliage can grow up to 2 ft. tall and wide. The orange coloration is most vivid during the cooler months.
Carex testacea is an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add color, texture, and movement to their garden design. Its compact size and low maintenance requirements make it ideal for small spaces, containers, rock gardens, borders, or in mass plantings in borders. This perennial sedge prefers moist soil and grows well near ponds or water features and looks stunning with its arching leaves spilling over rocks or ledges. For a dramatic effect, feature the Orange Sedge in the landscape next to plants with contrasting colors or textures.
The fine-textured foliage and unexpected color of the Orange New Zealand Sedge add an elegant accent to the landscape and is sure to become a favorite in the garden.
Orange New Zealand Sedge is relatively easy to care for and thrives in full sun to part shade. Considered to be one of the hardiest, most drought-tolerant of the New Zealand sedges, Orange Sedge prefers well-draining soil that is kept moist, but not waterlogged. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils, and has moderate drought tolerance once established.
Carex testacea requires minimal maintenance. Fertilizer is generally not needed. It does not require pruning, but it can be gently raked to remove old, faded foliage. The unremarkable brown flower spikes can be removed by pruning for better overall appearances, if desired. The flower spikes, if left intact, will reseed but will not become invasive. Orange Sedge is a relatively short lived plant and some reseeding will prolong its appearance in the garden.
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