Carex elata ‘Aurea’

Bowle's golden sedge

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

A wonderful clump-forming grass-like sedge with bright golden yellow and green margined foliage. Tolerant of full sun to partial shade but the more sun the brighter the color. Shady situations will give a vibrant lime to chartreuse appearance. In early spring the emerging new growth has lovely golden tips followed by smoky dark seed heads on thin bright green stems. This clumping sedge is well behaved in the garden and will not self sow.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: golden foliage in spring and summer

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, bronze, black

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, yellow

Culture Notes
This glowing golden sedge thrives in light or open shade to full sun. It will grow best in a rich moist soil, but will tolerate wet locations. Regular watering will keep the foliage looking its best through the growing season. Cut to the ground in late autumn once the foliage is tattered looking.