June Hutson is the supervisor of the Kemper Home Demonstration Gardens at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

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Blue Sedge
by June Hutson       #Hot Plants

This carex is easily grown in medium to wet soils. Ideal light is shade to part shade. Many members of the genus share the common name of rush or sedge. The cultivar ‘Blue Zinger’ refers to the bright blue color of the leaves, which endures winter in all but the coldest temperatures.

Green and white blooms occur in July to August but the flowers are inconspicuous. Mature height is 1 to 1½ feet with the same width.

Ideally, landscape use would require wet soil such as in a rain garden. However, average garden soils are acceptable and it also exhibits some drought tolerance once established. For best results, rid the plant of all foliage in late winter for a flush of new vigorous growth.

Common Name: Blue sedge

Botanical Name: Carex glauca ‘Blue Zinger’

Hardiness: Zones 5 to 9

Flowers: Green and white, inconspicuous

Soil: Average to wet, some drought tolerance

Size: 1 to 1½ feet in height and width

Exposure: Part shade to shade

Watering: Wet to average

Fertilizer: None

Planting: Fall or spring

Diseases: None known

In Your Landscape: Use in wet areas, such as a rain garden, or in beds and borders with average garden soils.

From Missouri Gardener Volume III Issue V. Photo courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc.


Posted: 10/04/13   RSS | Print


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