Broad-leaf sedge

Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Broad-leaf sedge (Carex siderosticha 'Variegata')
KARE-eks sid-er-oh-STIK-ah
Genus:  Carex
This sedge's pearly, straplike leaves resemble striped ribbon waiting to be wrapped around a package. It sports fuzzy green flowers with green stamens in late spring. Grow as an edging or groundcover.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Bright green and white foliage. Sometimes late to emerge in spring.
Care:  Full sun (with adequate moisture) or part shade. Grows best in damp soil and shade, but can take wetter soil and more sun.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide between spring and early summer.
Problems:  Rust, smut, and leaf spot. Aphids are possible.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Greenery
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Rushes and Sedges

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