Sedges may be an acquired taste, and this finely textured Hair Sedge from New Zealand has certainly grown on us. We like it in the center of a container, arching its olive to copper tresses over the bright blooms of annuals such as Calibrachoa, Verbena, Lantana, or Petunia, but Carex testacea will also add height to a mixed composition of interesting succulents (Sempervivum, Echevaria, low-growing Sedums). An annual here, but hardy elsewhere to Zone 7.
For more information on the growing and care of Carex, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
Latin Name Pronunciation: kar'eks
Carex testacea is a New Zealand native and hardy for Zones 7-10S&W, with fine, olive green foliage that takes on coppery orange highlights in full sun, where it performs best. This graceful Sedge is ideal for cascading over rock walls, edging a pond, or as the focal point of a large container planting. Must be treated as an annual in cold climates.
Light/Watering: Carex testacea has the best color in full sun and prefers evenly moist soil, so water during dry periods.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Orange Sedge is very adaptable but will thrive in fertile, humus-rich, moist soil with pH mildly acidic or close to neutral. In containers you will need to fertilize every 2 weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer mixed at half strength.
Pests/Diseases: No notable pests or diseases.
Companions: Attractive in mixed annual container gardens or interplant with summer and fall-blooming perennials at the front of the border.
For information on planting and care of annuals, click here