Striking Evergreen Foliage in a Graceful Fountain Shape
Carex Evergold grass is a sedge with long, narrow, gracefully arching leaves in a mounded, fountain-like form perfect for shady or moist spots. It has bi-color leaves that are sandy gold in color with dark green edging along their entire length.
One of many cultivars of Carex oshimensis, ‘Evergold’ sedge is native to the mountains of Japan, where it grows in wetland areas of higher altitudes.
A perennial, cool-season grass, ‘Evergold’ sedge will typically grow in two flushes, one in the cool temperatures of spring and another in fall. Spring flowers are upright, with unique, milk chocolate-colored blooms.
Deer resistant and rugged, this easy-to-grow variegated sedge is an excellent border choice for beds and won’t overtop the other plants you have nearby. Its arching shape and steady color provide early and late-season variety.
Where this little Japanese sedge grass really shines is when used in containers. Its size and shape make it a fantastic addition to foliage planters. Providing color and texture all year long, ‘Evergold’ Carex works well planted near the edges where it can spill over the sides and create that professionally designed look.
A low-maintenance plant, Carex Evergold ornamental grass needs little care other than a light spring touchup.
Dress up your planters and beds with a variegated color and evergreen performance from this easy-going ‘Evergold’ Japanese sedge.
Carex Oshimensis Care Information
Grass Carex Evergold is hardy to USDA zones 5-10. It will tolerate a little more direct sunlight in the northern portion of its range. Gardeners in the warmer portions of the range should only plant ‘Evergold’ sedge in dappled sunlight or light shade.
‘Evergold’ sedge will grow best in dappled sunlight. It will also be fine in partial shade, enjoying the morning sun. Planting in full sun may cause bleaching and fading of the foliage.
‘Evergold’ sedges like soil that is fertile and high in organic matter and, like most sedges, are tolerant of wet sites. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season after transplanting. Once they are well-established, they should need little care.
If planting in a container, use any good-quality potting mix and add some coconut coir to aid water retention. Keep it well watered but not soggy.
Carex Evergold Size
This sedge will be 10-16 inches tall and wide when it settles in. It will spread slowly and is easily controlled. Mature plants can be divided in spring or fall.
‘Evergold’ planted in containers will stay smaller in form but retain its beautiful arching leaves.
Carex Evergold Pruning Needs
Evergold carex grass does not need pruning, but can be cleaned up, and old stems cut back in winter before the new growth flush of spring arrives. It can be gently combed with a leaf rake to help separate the older dead leaves and make trimming easier. Don’t cut it back to less than a third of the original plant.
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Sunlight Part Sun / Partial Shade
Mature Width 1-2 ft
Mature Height 1-2 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10