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Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist'

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: flagellifera (fla-gel-LEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Toffee Twist

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pennefeather On Jul 28, 2008, pennefeather from McLean, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant injects a relaxing color in my very colorful garden. It seems to calm the reds, yellows, oranges, and pinks that surround it. I have moved it to a new location this spring, and it seems to survive well on benign neglect.

Positive PhilsFlowers On Aug 2, 2007, PhilsFlowers from Ocean Park, Surrey, BC (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant of mine, Carex flagellifera "Toffee Twist", has been in my garden for five years and has been through 80F+ heat and through -10F freezing cold and several freezing rain storms and came out of it looking excellent. It is a very easy plant and one I would recommend if you are looking for an ornamental grass for your garden. "Toffee Twist" is between 12 and 18 inches in height and will spread from 18 to 24 inches in width. It remains within its boundaries. Definitely not an invasive plant. I have it planted in front of a dwarf rhododendron because its leaf color in summer is very much like the grass color. I have several grasses in my graden but this one always looks the best, there is little to do for it except feed and water.

Positive pdxJules On Mar 22, 2005, pdxJules from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I received several clumps of this carex at a Plant Swap. I tucked most into different pots as a tall airy contrast element to foliage and flowering plants. A couple in the ground didn't do so well, but all potted ones look great and weathered an ice storm, some drought stress, & heavy rains well. Just provide adequate drainage and they'll be happy.


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

Clovis, California
Santa Rosa, California
Templeton, California
Ewing, Kentucky
Westport, Massachusetts
Raleigh, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington

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