Carex testacea

Also known as:

  • Orange New Zealand Sedge
  • Copper Sedge
  • Speckled Sedge

Plant Type

perennial, grass / grass like

Zones

6a-10b

Size

H:1'-2'
W:1'-2'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

regular

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Special Situation:

heat tolerant

Features

Flower Color:

chocolate

Foliage Color:

red, bronze, green, chocolate

Wildlife:

deer resistant, snail / slug resistant

Flower Season:

summer

Texture:

glossy, grassy

Foliage Season:

evergreen

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Richmond, California

888-266-4370

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Rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.

Secret Garden Growers

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Canby, Oregon

503-651-2006

Far Reaches Farm

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Port Townsend, Washington

360-385-5114

Digging Dog Nursery

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31101 Middle Ridge Road Albion, California

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(707) 937-1130

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A mail order and retail plant nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines.

ZEPHYRANTHES

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78 Great Northern Hwy Midland, Western Australia

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(08) 9250 3682

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Berkeley, California

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Richmond, California

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Xera Plants

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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503-612-9950

Secret Garden Growers

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Portland, Oregon

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Garden World

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10506 Broadacres Road Hubbard, Oregon

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503-982-2380

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Check http://gardenworldonline.com for availability.

Far Reaches Farm

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Port Townsend, Washington

360-385-5114

Digging Dog Nursery

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31101 Middle Ridge Road Albion, California

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(707) 937-1130

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A mail order and retail plant nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines.

Daryll's Nursery

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15770 W Ellendale Road Dallas, Oregon

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(503) 623-0251

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Grower of hardy plants

ZEPHYRANTHES

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78 Great Northern Hwy Midland, Western Australia

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(08) 9250 3682

enquire@zephs.com.au

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Xera Plants

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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503-612-9950

Little Prince of Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

503-678-5687

Native Sons

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379 West El Campo Road Arroyo Grande, California

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805-481-5996

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Canby, Oregon

503-651-2006

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Canby, Oregon

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Persistent 'ever brown' leaves with a pleasing coppery cast that intensifies to orange hues in the winter – And just in case you don't know, copper is 'in' right now! 10" tall and clumping out to 24" in a soft arching form – Sun to part shade, Prefers good drainage and regular moisture. Also lovely spilling from a pot! Often reseeds…politely!

Description by: Digging Dog Nursery

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Albion, California

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The exotic look of lucent orange foliage paints the garden's verdant canvas nearly year round. Long, fine textured strands first emerge an olive-green and later transmute stunning golden brown, copper and orange highlights. With its upright and dense arching tuft, easy-to-grow Carex testacea is a hardy, drought tolerant grass that entices gardeners, but not deer, insisting on full sun to preserve the extraordinary hues, and good drainage. Let this evergreen New Zealand native spill over a container's edge or cozy up to Yucca 'Garland's Gold', Heuchera 'Obsidian' and Euphorbia myrsinites.

Description by: Garden World

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Hubbard, Oregon

503-982-2380

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Native to New Zealand, this is an evergreen, clumping sedge. The lovely arching foliage is olive-green with golden-brown-orange tips when planted in full sun. This color continues throughout the fall and winter. Flower spikes appear in midsummer and can reach 2' tall.

Description by: Native Sons

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Arroyo Grande, California

805-481-5996

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The distinctive coloring of this mounding sedge makes it a delight in any garden especially when combined with other grasses or broad-leafed perennials. The hair-like olive green foliage takes on a vivid tangerine-colored blush at the tips and glows brilliantly in the sunlight particularly in cold weather. Mature plants grow to 15? tall and grow best in moist, well-drained soils. This sedge tolerates sun or shade, but most gardeners agree that the foliage color is best with at least a half day of sun. In our garden this sedge has reseeded in a pleasing fashion in both sun and shade. Use as an accent, in containers, or along waterways or combine with other boldly colored plants like Phormium 'Shirazz' or Salvia 'Burgundy Bliss'. Hardy to below 0F. New Zealand.

Description by: Little Prince of Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

503-678-5687

www.littleprinceoforegon.com

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Copper brown leaves with orange tips.

Description by: Xera Plants

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Portland, Oregon

503-612-9950

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Amazing tints of orange and olive throughout the year make this evergreen sedge one of the most striking. Forming a large arching clump to 1' tall and 2' wide overtime its appearance is best in rich, well drained soil with occasional summer water. Full sun to light shade. Great container plant. Cut back hard in late winter to refresh the plant. Excellent with the maroon leaves of Geranium 'Red Select'. A great plant.

Description by: Far Reaches Farm

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Port Townsend, Washington

360-385-5114

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Olive and orange tints throughout the year makes this evergreen sedge very appealing. Nice arching fountain of leaves which responds to a hard cutting back in late winter. Easy in any fertile well-drained soil and looks great with dark leaves like Ligularia Britt-Marie Crawford.

Description by: Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Richmond, California

888-266-4370

www.anniesannuals.com

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My nursery sample pot of this grass is so popular, I could have sold it 1,000 times! The finely textured, glossy leaves begin life as olive green & age to a distinct orange-red as it matures. The elegant, arching, mounding form, 30” tall & wide, makes it a beautiful accent. Ideal for spilling over rocks, massing in borders & stunning in an elevated container (at least 14” diameter). Carex testacea prefers soil that is not too dry & well-drained soil. Best color in full sun.

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Richmond, California

888-266-4370

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