I received seed for this plant labeled Carex flava, which is not commonly grown as ornamental. From what I've read, this sedge should have orange-brown flower spikes in early summer, which turn dark yellow as seed forms. I've not paid enough attention to the two plants we've had growing - by early summer, they are mostly obscured by the lax branches of the arctic willow underneath which they grow. But at least in late May, the inconspicuous flowers on ours are white, not orange. Cute, but probably a case of mistaken identity. According to the comment by Nigel at the bottom of this page, they are more likely C. curta, so that's where I'll classify them for the time being.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Nigel Blackstock||Feb 18, 2014||Your plant is NOT Carex flava Yours is from subgenus Vignea possibly Carex curta. Seeds of Carex flava benefit from being removed from the utricle and cold stratified for a couple of months (a common domestic freezer will do). Sprinkle seeds in a good compost and lightly cover. Germination rates should be around 90%.|
Thank you for your assessment. C. curta certainly seems like a better fit, so until I learn more, I've reclassified this web page under that name.
- Seed from '02 trade. Pot outside in January. 6%G by mid-May.
- Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (10w) - 70F (5w). No G
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 35F (9w) - 70F (5%G, 7d)
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February 19, 2014