Carex testacea


Carex testacea in a 9cm starter pot.

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Carex species are commonly known as sedges and are a species of perennial grass-like plants. They are often grown alongside other ornamental grasses and can be combined in prairie planting schemes with plants like Echinacea and Rudbeckia to great effect. It is a large genus with over 1000 species so there is a sedge for almost any location, however as a general rule they do not like very dry soils or deep shade. They typically grow into circular mounds with the foliage flowing from the centre outwards.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):New Zealand sedge
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
  • How big will I get? Carex testacea can grow to a height of 1m and a spread of 1m.
  • Did You Know That:The reason Carex are not classified as true grasses is due to the flowering stems being solid rather than hollow as in ordinary grasses.

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Flowering Time
Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Carex testacea is a versatile plant and can cope with wet or drier soils, but prefers there to be decent drainage. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Carex testacea prefers a sheltered position and can cope with either full sun or partial shade.


Carex testacea will benefit from any dead foliage being removed in Summer to promote new, fresh growth and keep the plant looking nice and healthy.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Carex testacea can have problems with aphids, and it tends not to have problems with diseases. It is not considered to be toxic.

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