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Machaerina rubiginosa 'Variegata'

Machaerina rubiginosa 'Variegata'
golden spears; variegated sedge; striped rush
Machaerina rubiginosa 'Variegata'

Synonym(s) Baumea rubiginosa
Common name golden spears; variegated sedge; striped rush
Family cyperaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers green (summer)
Size 24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist soil

Strongly upright sedge with sturdy needle-like blades that are oval in cross-section, dark green except for a sharply delineated band of greenish yellow along one of its narrow sides. Even though the variegation pattern isn't obvious from a normal observation distance, the pattern has the effect of lighting up the plant and making it seem more dynamic than a plain-green version would be. Typical sedge flowers, greenish somewhat spiky balls, appear in summer. For as nice of a water garden plant this is, there is surprisingly little information available online. Some sources say it cannot be planted in permanently flooded areas, but that's exactly where ours is planted – as a pond marginal. So far, it doesn't seem to mind its placement, which came courtesy of a pond installation company.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pond

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