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Description

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.

Water Needs

The Orange sedge is well adapted to the Inland Empire in full sun with moderate water throughout the year. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several winter months marked by an asterisk (*) when rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; higher amounts of water within this range will help this sedge maintain good foliage character year around.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 3

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 9"-16"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

 
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2"-3"
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  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, click here.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Grass, Sedge
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 18 in.
Width: 18 in.
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Foliage Color: Bright green, Orange
Flower Color: Tan
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Moist soil, Loam
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

Maintenance

Pull out old or dead leaves as needed. Prune lightly in late winter / early spring just before new growth begins. If needed to reinvigorate the plant, divide with a sharp shovel every two or three years (D).

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