New Zealand Hair Sedge
Effortlessly cool, Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' is a slender-leaved sedge with year-round appeal.
This form of the New Zealand Hair Sedge is instantly appreciated by all who see it. Its colour is difficult to describe - a kind of glistening silvery tawny green that seems to shimmer, whatever the weather. The fine-textured foliage tends to hang like freshly-brushed hair - a lovely effect when planted in a pot, and especially useful for winter bedding schemes where it makes an excellent counterpoint to violas, primulas and the like. It's a forgiving plant, tolerating drought and windy situations well - which is particularly handy if you occasionally forget to water your pots, live by the coast, or just don't like watering the garden very much!
Grow this plant for its unusual colour and form, which bring year-round interest to the garden.
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: Green, Silver, Yellow
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: Flower Beds & Borders, Low Maintenance Garden, Informal Garden, Containers, Prairie Garden, Courtyard Garden, Cottage Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): June - 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 if 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.
his 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.