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PlantFiles: Golden Sedge
Carex aurea

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: aurea (AW-re-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Carex mutica
Synonym:Carex pyriformis
Synonym:Neskiza aurea

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Feb 4, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The above details look like those of Carex elata 'Aurea', Bowles' golden sedge, and not those of Carex aurea, which is native to much of the US and almost all of Canada, hardy to at least Z2, is not variegated, and isn't taller than a foot.

Positive virginiarose On Feb 3, 2015, virginiarose from Southeast, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great color, variegated, evergreen, winter interest. Does not mind wet soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Piedmont, South Carolina
Portsmouth, Virginia

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