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Carex appressa - Tall Sedge
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedges)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Brown
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Carex appressa (Tall Sedge) - A tall clumping grass-like plant that spreads outward slowly on short rhizomes reaches to just over 3 feet tall with narrow bright lime green arching leaves. In spring the attractive narrow tan flower spikes that rise up to be visible within the clump but do not exceed the height of the leaves and darken to brown as the seaon progresses. Plant in full to part sun in most any soil. It can be watered regularly, be placed in shallow standing water but is also surprising drought tolerant in California coastal gardens so is great for areas with season inundation that later go dry. Hardy to down to at least 18 F. Cut back every year or two any time of year to freshen up the clump - plants rebound fast. Leaves are rough along the margins, so best placed away from pathways as they can cut unprotected skin. This is a very attractive large sedge with leaves that dance in the wind. It is native to all mainland states in Australia where it is often found in wetlands and poorly drained soils. The name for the genus is a Latin word describing the sedges and the specific epithet means "pressed close against", perhaps in reference to the tight flower spikes. We thank Jo O'Connell at Australian Native Plant Nursery in Ojai for introducing this attractive sedge to us.  The information about Carex appressa displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.