Carex Elata Aurea


SKU: carex-elata-aurea Categories: ,
Common Name: Bowles Golden Sedge
Size: 2-3 Litre
Hardiness: H6
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

2-3 Litre Pot

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Partial shade/ Full sun
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth: Average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: H6
  • Eventual height: 0.7m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Carex Elata Aurea, also known as Bowles’ Golden Sedge and holder of the coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit is a clump-forming grass  with long  curved leaves of yellow and green, with tall erect stems of black/brown flower spikes.

Carex Elata Aurea, also known as ‘Bowles Golden Sedge’ and holder of the coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit , is a beautiful and versatile clump forming grass with its bright yellow and green variegated leaves, it adds a striking pop of colour to any garden or landscape.

This hardy plant is a great choice for a variety of settings, including damp or wet areas such as bogs or near water features. It can also be used in borders, rock gardens, or as a ground cover. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, and can even handle some shade, making it a great option for areas with less than full sun.

This plant is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. It is a great option for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance plant that still adds a lot of visual interest to their garden.

In terms of height, this Carex can grow up to 70cm tall and 50cm wide. It is a clump-forming sedge and is best planted in groups for the best visual effect.

How to care for your Carex Elata Aurea

  1. Plant in well-drained soil in a location that receives partial to full shade.
  2. Water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, but be careful not to over-water as this can lead to root rot.
  3. Fertilise the plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
  4. Regularly remove any dead or yellowing leaves to keep the plant looking its best.
  5. Prune back the foliage in the late Autumn or early Spring to encourage new growth.
  6. It is hardy, but may need to be protected or brought indoors during the winter in very cold climates.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your Carex Elata Aurea stays healthy and thrives.

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