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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 provided on this webpage is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in our nursery library and that information that we have found about it on reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations in our nursery of crops of this plant, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information aiding others in growing Carex texensis.