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Carex elata 'Aurea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Aquatic, Bog or Grass-like

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Black and Brown in Summer

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Bowles' golden sedge

Family

Cyperaceae


Carex can be deciduous or evergreen, rhizomatous or tufted perennials, with triangular stems bearing linear or strap-shaped leaves and short or long spikes of tiny green or brown flowers

'Aurea' is an evergreen perennial forming a compact clump of upright or arching, narrow, bright yellow leaves, to 70cm in height, with small blackish flower spikes on erect stems to 45cm in height in early summer

Synonym(s)

  • Carex elata 'Bowles's Golden'
  • Carex riparia 'Bowles's Golden'
  • Carex stricta 'Aurea'
  • Carex stricta 'Bowles's Variety'
  • Carex stricta Gooden. 'Bowles's Golden'
  • Carex 'Bowles Golden'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist or wet soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Poorly-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division from mid-spring to early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Aphids sometimes attack stem bases

Diseases

Generally disease free