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Carex texensis - Catlin Sedge
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedges)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [C. retroflexa var. texensis, Hort.]
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Carex texensis (Catlin Sedge) - A small clump-forming weeping sedge with medium green grass-like foliage that grows 4 to 6 inches tall and then flops over. Green flowers mature to brown and are carried on stalks above the foliage in the summer. Plant in part sun and water moderately. Hardy to <15 degrees F. Very nice between stepping stones and other areas where a very low plant is needed. We use this in our garden as a lawn substitute under a specimen Arbutus 'Marina' where it gets mowed only once during the year to remove the spent flowers and seed heads. A great little sedge but a bit slow to fill in. This plant was at one time considered a variety of Carex retroflexa but in the current Flora of North America it is listed as a species with the note that it has been confused with C. retroflexa. The name "Catlin Sedge" was coined by John Greenlee after Southern California horticulturalist Jack Catlin who used this plant as a companion plant for bonsai and other container plantings. The images of this plant are courtesy of John Greenlee.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Carex texensis.
 
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