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Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A boldly variegated clump-forming sedge with broad, green and white striped leaves that arch gently outwards from the centre of the plant. Insignificant brown, grass-like flower-heads are produced in late spring and early summer, but not often noticed. A useful plant for foliage effect in a damp border or in borderline bog garden conditions at a pondside, including shady sites. The plant associates well with hostas and astilbes.

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Carex

Species: siderosticha

Cultivar: Variegata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: April to June

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