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Carex texensis - Catlin Sedge

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

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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.  The information on this page is based on our library and online research, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others, and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Carex texensis.