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Carex dipsacea Dark Horse

Autumn Sedge

Tufts of olive-green leaves

A clump forming grass producing eye-catching, multi-coloured olive-green leaves which are tinted bronze-red in winter. In late summer to early autumn it produces arching stems with black flower heads.

Where?

An architectural plant that can be planted in containers or in beds and borders. Happiest growing in full sun or part shade.

How?

It prefers growing in moist well-drained sandy or loamy soil.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Grass
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September