Carex Testacea


3 in stock

SKU: carex-testacea Categories: ,
Common Name: Orange New Zealand Sedge
Size: 2-3 Litre
Hardiness: H5
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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2-3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: July – August
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
  • Eventual Spread: 1-2m

Carex Testacea, also known as ‘Orange New Zealand Sedge’, is a clump forming perennial bearing slim, arching leaves which start out as olive green and become a coppery bronze colour in summer and have warm orange tints in winter.  Short or long spikes of tiny green/brown flowers appear in Summer which then droop gracefully with age.  Regarded as one of the most pleasing of ornamental grasses for the garden, its architectural form makes it ideal for beds, borders or even near ponds and streams.

Looking After Your Carex Testacea

Carex Testacea requires very little care.  Plant in fertile, moist and well drained soil and in a sunny or partially shaded position.  As previously mentioned, the Carex Testacea is ideal for beds, borders and near ponds and streams, giving a garden all year round interest.