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Frosted Curls New Zealand Hair Sedge Carex comans

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 12 - 18 Inches
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Frosted Curls New Zealand Hair Sedge Carex comans
Part Sun to Sun 12 - 18

Features

Slender, hairlike, iridescent foliage shimmers in slight breezes

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Foliage Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Grass: 
Grass

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
12 - 18 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 18 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Shade: 
Silver
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Grass
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Container
Uses Notes: 

Use in containers, window boxes and beds

Maintenance Notes: 

Frosted Curls is a cool-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than zero degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.

In areas where winter temperatures remain above zero degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Cool-season grasses put on most of their growth in spring before temperatures begin exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit and in the fall when temperatures cool down. They generally maintain good color through the summer but won't grow much when it is hot.
Cut back cool season grasses in very early spring.

Cool season grasses tend to look good even as the weather cools. Leave their foliage in place until spring and then as soon as the snow is gone cut them back. Leave about 1/3 of the plant in place. Trimming cool season grasses too harshly can irreparably harm the plant.

Divide cool season grasses in spring or early fall. Cool season grasses are actively growing in spring and fall. These grasses can be transplanted at either time of the year but early spring is probably the best time to divide. If you do divide them in the fall, be careful that the freeze/thaw cycles of winter don't heave the plants out of the ground, this happened to a couple of my coral bells last winter.

Tufted. A fine-textured, evergreen sedge with 1/16"-wide, hairlike, almost
cylindrical leaves that form dense tufts. The slightest breeze causes the iridescent, light-green foliage to shimmer and glow. When allowed to spill
over rocky slopes or walls, this variety creates the illusion of falling water. Does best in moist, fast-draining soil.

Award Year Award Plant Trial
2010 Season-Long Top Performer Cornell-Long Island
2010 Season-Long Top Performer Cornell-Long Island
2010 Season-Long Top Performer Cornell-Long Island
2009 Leader of the Pack - Late Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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