Carex elata 'Aurea' - Bowles' Golden Sedge

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  • Approximate height: 60cm (24 inches) 
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 8cm (0 - 3 inches)
  • Flowering time: April onwards
  • Flower colour: Feathery brown spikelets, with green seeds in summer
  • Supplied in the 8cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot

The famous horticulturist E A Bowles discovered this golden version of the native British sedge growing in the wild in East Anglia, and brought it into cultivation. It is a superb plant for the water's edge or any sunny place in damp soil, producing tall, arching, grass-like foliage in a bright gold colour edged with green. Chocolate-brown catkin-like flowers are produced in spring, with green seed heads below them in early summer. The brown catkins remain on the plant all season, giving a long display. It is clump-forming and very slow-growing, so is useful if you have a situation where you are keen to avoid plants that spread. The plant is so good that it has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM). 

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 4 - 5 Carex elata 'Aurea' plants per square foot of ground, or 2 - 3 plants per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.