Dramatic clumping grass-like olive-green foliage which turns a shocking orange coloration during the cold period, especially when in full sun.
Mature plants are 18″ tall and wide.
Pronunciation: KAR-eks test-uh-SEE-uh
Species Meaning: Color of brick
Carex testacea is native to New Zealand.
Likes ample moisture but in well-drained soil. May need some summer irrigation for us. Also dislikes heat and may stop growing above 75F.
Tidy up by running fingers through the plant to remove dead foliage. There are several reports that it does not last long, with a lifespan of 3-5 years.
Can be divided in spring.
3/14/21 – divided into 4 using a sharp knife.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21082
Found in Pots,
In a pot waiting for its forever home. Probably going to go between the Agave and Aloe along the boardwalk, but does want more constant moisture than the others, so may have to reconsider that plan.
We acquired this plant from Hidden Acres - Grown by Peoria Gardens.