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Mount Baldo Sedge

Carex baldensis

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Mount Baldo Sedge (Carex baldensis) at Arrowhead Nurseries Ltd.

Mount Baldo Sedge flowers

Mount Baldo Sedge flowers

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Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Snow Sedge

Description:

A sturdy little sedge producing white spidery flowers in late spring; this evergreen mound is very compact and is useful in rock gardens, containers, or as a groundcover; prefers part shade and moisture

Ornamental Features

Mount Baldo Sedge features dainty spikes of white spider-like flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its grassy leaves emerge lime green in spring, turning green in colour the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Mount Baldo Sedge is an herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

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.

Mount Baldo Sedge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Mount Baldo Sedge will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Mount Baldo 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 mass of flowers 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact our nursery for more information.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features