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Carex elata Aurea


Bowles' Golden Sedge

Bright yellow leaves contrasted with black flower spikes

This variety is one of the hardiest and most colourful of sedges. Bowles' Golden Sedge is an ornamental grass with sparkling yellow leaves which have narrow, deep green margins. In spring flower spikes emerge, giving added interest.


Grows well in a container in part shade or full sun. Low maintenance and perfect for growing at the edge of a pond or water feature, as well as damp boggy areas of the garden.


Grow in any soil that doesn't get too dry. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

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
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Moist
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 Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September