Genus: Sedge

Carex

Photo/Illustration: 
Stephanie Fagan
Sedge (Carex)
KARE-ex
Cyperaceae
Carex is a huge genus of more than 1,500 species of perennials with triangular, grass-like stems and panicles of flowerheads in short spikes. Most species are from wet areas such as bogs or damp woods. There is a Carex species to suit almost any garden situation.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Grass-like, colorful foliage that is often brightly hued or variegated.
Care:  Varies. Sun to part shade, in dry to moist soils.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in containers and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide plants betwen spring and early summer.

Problems: 

Rust, smut and leaf spot. Aphids are possible.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Carex

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Leatherleaf sedge
Carex buchananii
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Berkeley sedge
Carex divulsa
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Bowles' golden sedge
Carex elata 'Aurea'
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Variegated sedge
Carex morrowii  'Ice Dance'
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'Oheme' palm sedge
Carex muskingumensis ‘Oehme’
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Seersucker sedge
Carex plantaginea
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Broad-leaf sedge
Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'