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Products > Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'
 
Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger' - Blue Zinger Sedge
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedges)
Origin: Europe, Central (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Carex glauca]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger' (Blue Zinger Sedge) - A tough and attractive cool season growing silver-blue evergreen sedge that grows 12 to 20 inches tall (twice the height of the species) by 2 feet or more wide with narrow 3/16 inch wide leaves that are a light blue-green on the upper surface and more uniformly gray-blue below with the overall look being quite blue. The 1 foot tall flowers in early summer neither are showy nor detract from the clean look of this plant. It is a moderately slowing but a steady spreader in a low-water use garden but spreads much more quickly with ample water and fertilizer. A great groundcover for that cool blue feel and with longer more upright leaves than the species it appears a little more graceful looking. It is also a bit more clump forming than the species but spreads slowly with runners which can be encourages by trimming back lightly. Once established it has shown moderate drought resistance, especially in part shade; or plant in full sun with average to occasional garden water - with less water it will remain a bit lower. Hardy to USDA Zone 4. Resistant to deer browsing. Looks best if cut back in the spring. The species is from the Mediterranean sea basin where it grows in calcareous grasslands, sand dunes and in estuaries in Europe and North Africa. This selected form was introduced by Emerald Coast Growers of Pensacola, Florida.. For more information on the species and how to maintain this plant, see our listing of Carex flacca  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'.
 
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