Orange sedge

Carex testacea


The Orange sedge is well named. It is a dramatic clumping perennial with green to shocking orange foliage color, fine texture and a distinctive mounding habit. Mature plants can reach 18 in. high.

This species is native to both the North and South Island of New Zealand and is good for cascading over walls and in containers to help keep its foliage off the ground. The orange color is enhanced when planted in sunny exposures, but avoid hot afternoon sun conditions during summer. It is hardy to cold and does best with regular water throughout the year.

Plant Type: Grass, Sedge
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Bright green, Orange
Flower Color: Tan
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Moist soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Frost, All day sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Mass planting, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Small spaces
Height: 18 in.
Width: 18 in.