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PlantFiles: Orange New Zealand Sedge
Carex testacea

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: testacea (test-uh-SEE-uh) (Info)

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LeslieT On Mar 24, 2015, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

Everyone who sees this ornamental grass in my Houston-area garden wants one. You MUST plant it in a well-drained bed in full sun. Don't think for a minute that it will perform in light shade.

My planting area is at least 5" higher than its surrounds (and maybe 6") AND in front of a Southern Magnolia which keeps the bed on the dry side.

I've divided and shared this plant in hopes others can enjoy it as much as I do.

Positive RosinaBloom On Oct 21, 2013, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Orange New Zealand Sedge is a hardy, attractive plant suitable for mass planting or in any garden. Within a year of planting as a young plant, it can become a lovely rounded shape, and its touches of orange lend contrast in the garden. Instead of cutting it back, I have had success gathering it up into a ponytail, and any loose, old strands just come away from the plant, thus retaining its shape.


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

Richmond, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Denver, Colorado
Raleigh, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Clarksville, Tennessee
Bellaire, Texas
Lake Forest Park, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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