Carex Elata Aurea Grasses
Carex elata Aurea (Golden Sedge)
Carex elata Aurea grasses are smashing semi-evergreen dwarf sedges forming compact tufts of arching, buttery yellowish-green leaves, each one edged with white. Each leaf has a slightly iridescent shimmer that catches the light as they move gently in the breeze. In early Summer, it throws up long spikes topped by elegant, brown, feathery flowers.
Carex elata Aurea grasses make a great, low maintenance addition to a garden and are incredibly versatile – plant them to brighten shady areas, as part of a bog or water garden, at the edge of a pond to reflect in the water, or as an accent in shadier beds and borders. They can look stunning as a focal point planted with other grasses or intermingle with Rudbeckia or taller Anemones.
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For best results with Carex Elata Aurea (Golden Sedge), plant in partial shade where the variegation will look it’s best – if planted in full sun they can end up looking bleached. They simply require cutting back after flowering. They require moderately fertile, moist soil. They are one of those rarer plants that are happy in soil that becomes waterlogged!
How to grow Carex Elata Aurea
Position: Full sun, partial shade, dappled shade
Soil and site: Moist, boggy, clay, heavy
Flowering time: June to August
Growth rate: Slow to Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: to 70cm, spread to 50cm
Aftercare: Water well until established, happy in soil that can be waterlogged. Cut back after flowering