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Carex testacea

Orange New Zealand Sedge
  • Plant Type:
  • Grass & Grass-like, Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 2' x 3'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Vase, Clumping
  • Native To:
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Deer Resistant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 4-9, 14-24


Carex testacea, or Orange Sedge, is a fine way to add some unexpected color and texture to damp spots in your garden that get plenty of sunlight. Blade-like leaves are green at the base, and fade to persimmon orange at the tips. Orange sedge will reseed, but is not so aggressive that invasiveness is a concern. Carex testacea is evergreen, very cold hardy (down to 20ºF) and its distinctive orange is brightest in the winter months. Plant Orange Sedge where you have a sunny but persistently damp patch of soil, right down to the water’s edge of a pond.