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Carex appressa (Tall sedge, Carex)

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Helpful articles

Australian Native Orchids. Native orchids range from the spectacular epiphytic (growing on trees) and lithophytic (growing on rocks) species of the tropical jungles and warmer areas of Australia, to the intricately subtle terrestrial (growing in the ground) species found throughout the dry eucalypts forests throughout the continent.

Native Hibiscus. An ever increasing interest in native hibiscus has led to the horticultural development of a number of new cultivars which rival the exotic types in beauty and flower size.

Angus's Top Gum Trees for Gardens. Angus Stewart's list of the best gum trees (Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora) for Australian gardens.

Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.

Plant description

carex appressa

carex appressa tall sedge(1)

Carex appressa, commonly known as 'Tall Sedge', is an evergreen perennial clumping plant. It has lime green upright foliage. It is a great foliage contrast with grasses and strappy leafed plants. Carex is a very hardy and useful plant for both wet and dry aspects in the garden. Carex is ideal for rain and bog gardens.

Use Carex carefully as the foliage may irritate sensitive skin, so best kept away from pathways and where children play.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: brown
Flowering season: spring winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.8 metres

Maximum width: 0.8 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Frogs, insects, lizards.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: wet, moist.

Sand: wet, moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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