Great plant picks: Bowle’s golden sedge

  • Wed Jun 13th, 2012 10:52am
  • Life

WHAT: Bowle’s golden sedge (Carex elata Aurea) is a grasslike sedge with golden yellow and green-edged foliage. Tolerant of full sun to partial shade, but the more sun the brighter the color. Shady situations will give a vibrant lime to chartreuse appearance.

WHY PLANT IT: The new growth emerges in spring in golden tips followed by dark seed heads on bright green stems. The clump form stays in place and will not sow itself.

WHERE: Thrives in full sun to light shade with regular watering. Grows best in rich mosit soil but will tolerate wet locations. Cut to the ground in late autumn when the foliage is fading.

ACTUAL SIZE: This sedge spreads to 3 feet by 3 feet at full growth.