Tufted Sedge (Carex elata (Carex stricta))-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ornamental Grass

Tufted Sedge
Carex elata (Carex stricta)

Tufted Sedge <em>Carex elata</em>
Tufted Sedge Carex elata

Bright gold foliage with green margins. Can form a broad clump under good growing conditions.

This is a clump forming cool season sedge.

Needs consistant soil moisture to grow well. Prefers an acidic soil and partial shade. Does not like dry soils and dry windy sites. Will grow in shallow (2-3") water. 

'Aurea' ('Bowles Golden') 10-14" gold striped leaves with a faint green stripe.

Mature Height
10-15 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Exposure/Light Requirements
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes

Good container plant.

Good for planting in part shade site that has consistent moisture and can be used as a specimen or a solid planting

Brownish flowers in May.

Not a true grass but generally treated as one due to their "grassy appearance."

Cut back old foliage in spring.


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