More Information About Carex
Carex (sedge) is the Rodney Dangerfield of the shade ornamental grasses for sale..."it don't get no respect". Although lumped together with "true" ornamental grasses, Carex is actually not a grass, but a grass-like plant called a sedge. Sedge grass is a mostly evergreen, shade, "ornamental grass" that adds dramatic form and blend texturally with most plants. Many sedges are native plants and are easy-to-grow shade perennials for the woodland garden.
Carex is well-suited to line pathways or fill open spaces in a woodland garden. In form, carex is a perfect shade ornamental grass substitute for liriope and ophiopogon. Carex foliage color varies from green, to blue, to gold/orange or variegated. Carex plants generally form arching mounds from a few inches to more than 15" tall. Some sedge grass species such as palm sedge have an upright habit but the upright carex species do not fall into the tall ornamental grass category unless you consider 2' to be a tall ornamental grass.
Great companion plants to hosta, sarracenia, colocasia and sabatia most carex perform their best when grown in a moist location, although a few are drought-tolerant. Sedges are somewhat tolerant of neglect and are resistant to deer ... plus they attract butterflies. If you want to buy ornamental grass for a shady site then you should buy sedge instead. It is a tough, low maintenance plant which makes it perfect for rain gardens.