Carex flagellifera 'Auburn Cascade'
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As a young plant, the copper, fine-textured leaves of Carex flagellifera ‘Auburn Cascade' are tufted and erect in growth, and as it matures, the upright leaves arch over to the ground. Growing 35 to 50 cm tall, the high arching clumps are very attractive and at their most effective when planted quite close together. Hardy, low maintenance and evergreen, it can be grown in full sun or part shade. When grown in full shade, the leaves appear more a reddish-green colour. Carex species have long been popular with garden designers because of their colour and especially their form. This sedge will quietly enhance any landscape for many years with minimal care. This is an all round tough plant, suitable for problem areas and quickly becoming established in borders or containers. It is extremely versatile with regard to soil type, tolerating dryness, salt winds and sandy drought-prone soils and yet will adapt to quite moist situations and hardy to around minus 10°C. It is disease and pest resistant and evergreen, and will provide valuable winter interest to the garden. ‘Auburn Cascade' is outstanding when planted with silver foliage plants, brightly coloured flowers or variegated grasses. They give colour, texture and movement in the perennial garden. They also look good as a specimen in a pot or planted informally in groups of 3 or more, dotted among herbaceous plants and ground cover. They are at their most effective when planted in groups or in show-stopping block planting schemes.
Easy to grow in most well-drained fertile soils. Will not tolerate excessive winter wet and avoid extremes of wet and dry. Soil can be well-drained or moist and well-drained, and acid, alkaline or neutral, sand, chalk, loam or clay.
Pruning \ Aftercare : Occasionally mow old clumps to promote clean new growth.