Carex is a huge genus of more than 1,500 species of perennials with triangular, grasslike 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 CharacteristicsGrasslike, colorful foliage that is often brightly hued or variegated
CarePlant in sun to partial shade, in dry to moist soil; other care varies by species.
PropagationSow seed in containers, and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide plants betwen spring and early summer.
ProblemsRust, smut, and leaf spot. Aphids are possible.