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Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge

Carex siderosticha 'Lemon Zest'

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Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge (Carex siderosticha 'Lemon Zest') at Plant World

Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge foliage

Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge foliage

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Broad-Leaved Sedge

Description:

Grown for wide, grassy, chartreuse colored leaves; great in a moist border in shade or sun, does not like to dry out

Ornamental Features

Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge's attractive grassy leaves emerge gold in spring, turning chartreuse in colour throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge is an herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Lemon Zest Broadleaf Sedge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features