New Zealand Hair Sedge
This bronze-leaved form of the New Zealand Hair Sedge brings unusual colours to the garden.
The bronze leaved Carex - some people love it, some hate it. Find the right spot and you'll love it forever. Its peculiar colouring makes it quite a talking point, being quite unlike other plants. Almost a toffee-fudge hue, occasionally tinged with red wine; and, as the name suggests, rather finer in texture than most sedges, it seems to ripple and flow like water (or as if it had been brushed by some unseen hand). If you're not convinced, put it next to an evergreen silver-leaved plant like Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' or Senecio 'Angel Wings' and see how they all shine together, all year - but especially in low winter sun when such colour and texture is all the more precious.
Dare to be different with the strange shades of this easy-going Antipodean.
Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 30cm x W 45cm (Mature age: 2 Years)
Foliage Colour: Brown, Red
Flower Colour: Brown
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained, Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Containers, Flower Beds & Borders, Courtyard Garden, Informal Garden, Prairie Garden, Cottage Garden, Low Maintenance Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): July - August
Like most other sedges, this is a pretty easy-going plant, you can grow it in most places provided they're not in heavy shade or they're where the soil sits wet over winter. Dig over the planting site and add some well-rotted manure or compost. Soak the roots before planting by submerging the pot in a bucket of water for a few minutes. Then plant into your prepared soil and water in well, 'puddling' water around the plant so the soil settles around the roots.
Water well in the first season to get the roots established - after this they can generally left to get on with it by themselves.
This plant will grow well in pots too - just be generous with the size of it to give the roots some room.
Feeding isn't strictly necessary in most soils, but if after a year or so your plants look like they could do with perking up - or you're growing in pots - apply a balanced general purpose feed in spring as the plants come into growth.
Pruning is easy - simply comb through the plants with your fingers in late winter to remove any dead leaves.