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Carex pendula 'Moonraker' was shared with us back in the late 1990s by UK grass expert, Roger Grounds, of the former Apple Court Nursery. Carex pendula 'Moonraker' began its life as a sport in a hedgerow in Wiltshire, England, where it was unceremoniously disengaged by a rogue tractor. For us, Carex pendula 'Moonraker' makes a 2' tall clump, although in the Pacific Northwest, it can easily reach 4-6' tall. The new foliage is heavily streaked white, but in order to enjoy the new color, we recommend cutting the normally evergreen clump to the ground in late winter. Moist soils will result in the largest plants, but Carex pendula is amazingly drought tolerant. The clumps are topped with stalks of small pendulous catkins in early May (NC).
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