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Carex elata ‘Aurea’ (‘Bowles Golden’)

Cyperaceae
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Aquatic

CAREX

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 elata ‘Aurea’ (‘Bowles Golden’)

From forests and low mountains of Japan. This plant grows in clumps to 2 1/2 ft. high, 1 1/2 ft. wide, with narrow leaves that emerge bright yellow in spring and hold some color until late summer. Dies back completely in winter. Needs ample moisture; will grow in standing water. Needs winter chill to grow well.

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