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Carex flagellifera


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Carex flagellifera

Plant details

Carex flagellifera is a fantastic ornamental grass native to New Zealand. Plants form a low, cascading mound of orange-brown foliage, from which insignificant flowers appear in spring. It works well as path edging, in rockeries and also as a specimen plant in a container. In mild areas it's a low-maintenance plant showing good tolerance to drought, however in colder regions it may need protection over winter.

For best results grow Carex flagellifera in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site. Divide congested clumps in spring but plants will readily self-seed.

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Carex

Species: flagellifera

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Brown

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 110cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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