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plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants


water      hardiness





top ten

shady gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

dryland
coastal
woodland

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Lepidosperma laterale

variable sword sedge

attractive tufted plant bird attracting
 
originwidespread, nsw, sa, act, vic, tas
cultural notesdry shady position, long lived, very hardy
maintenanceprune to remove spend flower heads
toleratesfrosts, most soils and dry periods
flowering seasonspring to march
flower colourred brown clusters appearing on a spike
foliage colourstiff green strap like leaves
heightup to 0.5m
plant spacing30cm apart
recommended usesrockeries, mass plantings, butterflies and bird attractor

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants


water      hardiness






project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

woodland
riparian

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Carex inversa

knob sedge

tough sedge
 
originnsw, qld, wa, sa, tas, vic, act
cultural notesfull sun, boggy conditions, grassy woodlands fast growing, long lived, very hardy
maintenancemay be pruned annually to remove old foliage
toleratesinundations and periodic dry periods
flowering seasonspring through to autumn
flower colourbrown clustered flower spikes
foliage colourmid green, smooth fine leaf
heightup to 0.2m
plant spacing10cm apart
recommended usesgrassy woodland habitat. Will re-sprout after fire

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants
wetland plants


water      hardiness





top ten

bog gardens
butterfly attracting
coastal gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential
wetland
erosion control

ecosystem type

wetland

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
poor drainage

Carex appressa

tall sedge

tough densely tufted sedge
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originnsw, qld, wa, sa, tas, vic, act
cultural notesfull sun, boggy conditions, fast growing, long lived, very hardy
maintenancemay be pruned annually to remove old foliage
toleratesinundations and periodic dry periods
flowering seasonspring to autumn
flower colouryellow/green clustered on short flower
foliage colourmid green, rough texture
heightup to 1.2m
water depthwetland margins
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesornamental grass ideal for landscaping, provides habitat for water birds and useful for poolside plantings

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants
wetland plants


water      hardiness






project type

urban and commercial
residential
wetland

ecosystem type

wetland
riparian

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
reasonable drainage
poor drainage

Carex Longabractiatum

bergalia tussock

Tussock forming sedge growing to a height of 60cm. Long gracefully arching seed heads.
 
originEastern NSW, Vic.
cultural notesGrow in full sun. Natural habitat is along watercourses and in low-lying areas where water collects.
maintenanceRemove spent seed heads, can be cut back periodically.
toleratesFrost
flowering seasonSpring and Summer
widthup to 0.4m
heightup to 0.6m
water depthedges and marshland
recommended usesMoist areas and at the edge of ponds and watercourses.

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants
wetland plants


water      hardiness





top ten

flowers and showy seed heads
suited to pots

project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

wetland

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
poor drainage

Cyperus lucidus

leafy flat sedge

tough sedge, great for ornamental pond
 
originnsw, qld, tas, vic, act
cultural notesfull sun, boggy conditions, long lived, very hardy
maintenancemay be pruned annually to remove old foliage
toleratesFrost, inundations and periodic dry periods
flowering seasonspring to autumn
flower colourbrown clustered flowers appear on long triangular shaped stem
foliage colourmid green, corse texture
heightup to 1.3m
water depthedges and marshland
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usespond/dam/river plantings and is also an excellent ornamental plant which provides habitat for birds

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants
wetland plants


water      hardiness






project type

urban and commercial
residential
wetland
erosion control

ecosystem type

wetland

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
poor drainage

Carex gaudichaudiana

tufted sedge

tough loosely tufted sedge, excellent ornamental feature in wetland plantings
 
originnsw, qld, wa, sa, tas, vic, act
cultural notesfull sun, boggy conditions, fast growing, long lived, very hardy
maintenancemay be pruned annually to remove old foliage
toleratesinundations and periodic dry periods
flowering seasonspring to autumn
flower colourbrown clustered flower spikes
foliage colourdark green, rough textured and sharp edge leaf blades
heightup to 1m
water depthaquatic to 0.25m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesornamental sedge used in constructed wetlands and provides habitat for water birds. May be used for poolside plantings

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants
wetland plants


water      hardiness






project type

urban and commercial
residential
wetland
erosion control

ecosystem type

wetland

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
poor drainage

Carex fascicularis

tassel sedge

tough densely tufted sedge, excellent ornamental feature in wetland plantings
 
originnsw, qld, wa, sa, tas, vic, act
cultural notesfull sun, boggy conditions, fast growing, long lived, very hardy
maintenancemay be pruned annually to remove old foliage
toleratesinundations and periodic dry periods
flowering seasonspring to autumn
flower colouryellow/green clustered on drooping flower spikes
foliage colourmid green, rough textured and sharp edge leaf blades
heightup to 1m
water depthedges and marshland
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesornamental sedge used in constructed wetlands. Also provides habitat for water birds and may be used for poolside plantings

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants
wetland plants


water      hardiness






project type

urban and commercial
residential
wetland

ecosystem type

wetland

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
poor drainage

Carex tereticaulis

common sedge

tough sedge
 
originnsw, wa, sa, tas, vic, act
cultural notesfull sun, boggy conditions, long lived, very hardy
maintenancemay be pruned annually to remove old foliage and spent seed heads
toleratesinundations and periodic dry periods
flowering seasonaugust to march
flower colourerect brown clustered on spikes
foliage colouryellow green, coarse
widthup to 1m
heightup to 1m
water depthedges and marshland
plant spacing10cm apart
recommended usesgrassy woodland habitat

plant type

native sedges / strappy leaf plants
wetland plants


water      hardiness





top ten

flowers and showy seed heads
suited to pots

project type

urban and commercial
residential
wetland
erosion control

ecosystem type

wetland
riparian

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
poor drainage

Cyperus exaltatus

umbrella sedge

Tussock forming perennial sedge. Inflorescences large and spreading with numerous spikelets.
 
originAll Australian states.
cultural notesA widespread sedge growing on the banks and in the shallows of streams and lagoons. Hardy if sufficient water is available.
maintenanceRequires consistant water.
toleratesInnundation, frost.
flowering seasonSummer, Autumn and Winter.
flower colourYellow- brown flower spikes occuring in groups to form an umbrella shape.
foliage colourOlive- green or brown- green foliage
widthup to 0.8m
heightup to 2m
water depthaquatic to 0.25m
plant spacing30cm apart
recommended usesErosion control on dam and creek banks. Bird habitat.

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