Orange New Zealand Sedge

Carex testacea | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

Give the amber a green light: the Orange New Zealand sedge changes to a delightful shade of bronze in the summer.

Orange New Zealand Sedge is very well named, as during the summer months this evergreen ornamental grass changes colour to a delightful bronze-orange colour. Also known as Carex testacea, it’s a great choice for an informal garden, and is just as happy grown in the city as it is in the countryside. It can be a little susceptible to harsh winter frosts, so in colder areas it might need to be covered during the winter months. This plant also dislikes too much water, so plant well away from areas that might become waterlogged, especially during the colder months of the year.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Brown
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Dense
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-9
Heat zone
  • H9-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - -1
Heat days
  • 90 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Grasses
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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