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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)


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.