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Carex texensis

Catlin Sedge


Large group of grasslike, clumping plants found worldwide and grown for foliage effect in borders, rock gardens, containers, and water gardens (flowers are generally insignificant); some are used as lawn substitutes, as large-scale groundcovers, or for erosion control. Long, narrow evergreen leaves are often striped or oddly colored. Specialists offer many varieties. Although characteristically found in damp soils, many sedges will grow under relatively dry conditions in cultivation. Many are short-lived in gardens so are used as annuals.

Carex texensis

Southwestern native. Fine-textured, mat-forming sedge grows to 4–6 in. high. Medium green, drooping leaves form a wavy carpet dotted by lax flowering stems. Excellent small-scale lawn substitute or groundcover; often used in meadow mixes. Trim to remove seed heads. Needs partial to full shade and regular water.

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