Grass, Variegated Palm Sedge


Description: Don't let its exotic tropical appearance fool you--this sedge is cold hardy to zone 4 (-30 degrees F)! This cultivar's deciduous foliage radiates up around its triangular stems like the leaves of a palm tree. Each leaf arches gracefully at the tip. Though they emerge all-green, the leaves develop broad yellow margins as they mature. This color intensifies throughout the season (best from midsummer on). Tiny flowers are carried above the leaves on long, slender stalks in early summer, though it is most often the unique foliage that is used in fresh bouquets. This sedge is not invasive. It makes a good erosion control for moist banks and can even be used as a tall lawn substitute.

Common Name: Variegated Palm Sedge Grass

Scientific Name: Carex muskingumensis 'Oehme'

Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass

Exposure: Full Sun - Full Shade

Size: 1-2' height, 1-2' spread

Foliage Color: Green with Yellow Margins

Landscape Use: Mass Planting, Ground Cover, Container, Border Plant

Soil: Well-Moist

Zone: 4 - 9

Growth Rate: Moderate

Companion Plants: Stained Glass Hosta, Astilbe, Forget-Me-Not, Ornamental Grasses

Maintenance: Cut back to 3" in March


*Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant


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