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Products > Carex brunnea
 
Carex brunnea - Narrow Sedge

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedges)
Origin: Australasia
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Brown
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Carex elegantissima, Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Carex brunnea (Greater Brown Sedge) - A narrow, upright clumping sedge with arching leaves up to 12-14" inches tall. The plant forms extremely tight fine-textured arching clumps. Plant in full sun to light shade in a fairly moist, well-drained soil plants in shade have done well with only occasional irrigation. Brown flowers sit 6 inches atop the refined clumps in summer. Very cold hardy sedge tolerating 10-15 F but dislikes hot dry climates. Our plants from seed of a plant we first grew in 1988 as Carex species 'Variegated' and later called Carex elegantissima 'Variegata', a name coined by grassman John Greenlee. Although this name was dubious it was used for this plant for many years and only recently have we determined that this plant is, in all likelihood, Carex brunnea, a widespread species that grows from eastern Australia north into South East Asia and Japan. The variegated form would occasionally produce seedlings lacking variegation and we found these dark green clumps with narrow foliage to be a very attractive addition to the garden.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting 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 brunnea.
 
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