Carex elata
‘Aurea’

Photo courtesy of Bluebrightly

Want something colorful for moist shade? This golden sedge is the perfect choice! Forming dense clumps to 18-24” tall, this durable grass-like plant is ideal beside a pond, near or within a little water feature or in low garden areas that may collect water. It features narrow, blade-shaped foliage that gently spills. Though flowers are insignificant, this more fine-textured sedge makes its own golden statement whether planted in shade or sun. It will cast its reflection when planted beside water and when massed can really brighten a shady area. It is also ideal for use as a vertical element in a mixed planter. Its colors are a bright gold with a green stripe when planted in sun but more of a lime green in shade. Like many sedges, this variety can make do in the toughest soil, even compacted clay. It does prefer moist conditions but doesn't need to be constantly in water. Deer resistant.

Earl,
Curious Plantsman

Sun/Shade
Avg. Water/Moist

Perennial Grass
USDA zones 5-11