Carex flagellifera


  • Botanical name: Carex flagellifera
  • Common name: Sedge
  • Family: Cyperaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
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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.

How to grow Carex flagellifera

  • Plant size

    1.1m height

    90cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Carex flagellifera and wildlife

Carex flagellifera has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Carex flagellifera poisonous?

Carex flagellifera has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Carex flagellifera