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PlantFiles: Bowles Golden Sedge
Carex elata 'Aurea'

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: elata (el-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aurea
Additional cultivar information: (aka Bowles Golden)

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

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

A lovely plant for the water's edge or very consistently irrigated area, where summers are cool. Looks horrible if it dries out. Suffers in hot summer areas like the US southeast. Prefers full sun unless afternoon shade is needed to keep it from drying out or overheating in hot summer regions.

Hardy in Z5.

Positive Gabrielle On Jun 6, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love the striped foliage, and its color blends nicely with most plants. I have had a bit of trouble getting small starts going, but think I have finally accomplished it. It would probably be easier if I was dividing large plants into larger starts. My information says it is hardy in zone 5.


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

Denver, Colorado
Ashton, Illinois
Naperville, Illinois
Nottingham, Maryland
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Waxhaw, North Carolina
Salem, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Alexandria, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Shoreline, Washington
Charleston, West Virginia

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