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Carex comans


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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Attractive seed-heads



Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (175567)

Plant details

An attractive tufted plant with lots of fine, thread-like, evergreen leaves forming an attractive mounded shape. Plants resemble a grass, but are actually a species of sedge. Most of those sold in garden centres have reddish-bronze foliage and may be labelled as bronze, although plants are naturally variable and some have greenish-yellow leaves. Plants are very striking grown in containers and also look at home planted around the edge of a pond where the soil is moist but not wet. It is also good for adding foliage interest to a border of herbaceous perennials and grasses.

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Carex

Species: comans

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Attractive seed-heads

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: April to June

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