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Many are valuable evergreen foliage plants, others subtle flowering types. Contrary to popular myth there are Carex for all soil types, from shallow water to pure sand!

Carex are not true grasses but are a genus in the Family Cyperaceae.  The easiest (but not foolproof) way to tell them from true grasses is that most members of the Cyperaceae have flower stems with a more-or-less triangular cross-section.  Most true grasses have flower stems with a round, hollow, cross section.

Many Carex are used as evergreen groundcover or edging plants and many of the low growing, variegated forms originate in Japan where they have been used alongside Ophiopogon and Liriope in traditional Japanese gardens.  There are also numerous fresh to deep green leafed forms, including British native species, that can fulfil a similar roll.

At the other end of the spectrum there are the mostly brown leafed species and forms from New Zealand.  These will mostly need full sun but can take quite moist through to fairly dry soils.  The limiting factor with most of these "dead sedges" with their evergreen (brown) leaves is that they are vulnerable to extreme cold in winter with many only hardy to -10oC.

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Carex buchananii

Carex buchananii£4.50

Stiffly upright when young, becoming more arching with age. Narrow rich reddish brown leaves to 60cm. Does best in sun, average to moist soil.

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Carex maorica

Carex maorica£4.50

A New Zealand native sedge forming clumps of relatively wide green leaves and upright stems with arching light green flowers in summer. From wet places but seems happy in most soils! 50cm here.

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Carex muskingumensis 'Silberstreif'

Carex muskingumensis 'Silberstreif'£4.50

A sparkling creamy white variegated form of the Palm Sedge for part shade and decent soil that doesn't dry out too much. Deciduous but retains presence overwinter. 50cm.

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Carex sp 15

Carex sp 15£6.50

Evergreen clumps of upright fresh green leaves and tidy blackish flowers covered with pale yellow stamens in spring. 45cm?

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Carex texensis

Carex texensis£4.00

Bright green mat forming sedge. Produces masses of equally bright green, dainty, flowers on delicate stems to 25cm in spring. A good edger for shady borders. Average soil.

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