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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.  
Image of Carex texensis
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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 information about Carex texensis displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.