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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.