- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 7 - 9
- Height: 12 inches
- Width: 16 inches
- Foliage Color: Green
- Soil Requirement: Moist to almost wet soils, pH 5 - 8
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Temperature: 64 - 72F
- Average Germ Time: 21 - 24 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Sow on to the surface and cover with 1/8 of topsoil
- Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 16 inches
Carex (Carex comans Amazon Mist) - If you want an eye-catching, ornamental grass start these Carex ornamental grass seeds! Ornamental grasses include sedges like this Carex comans Amazon Mist. Even though it is native to New Zealand, it grows well in USDA zones 7 - 9. The slender grassy leaves grow in a wide clump shaped like a fountain. This Carex is marked by having blue-green on top, white on the underside, with tips that curl back on themselves and twist to reveal the white side, making the perimeter of the clump look misty (hence the name).
Ornamental sedges are more versatile than grasses, and they are tolerant of both full sun and partial shade and moist to almost-wet soils. The tiny flowers appear in clusters atop thin stems in mid-summer. The leaves are evergreen in warm climates, perennial in colder climates, where they wither and brown in autumn. Carex grass care includes trimming them back in late winter to make way for the new leaves in spring.
How To Grow Carex From Ornamental Grass Seed: Use small pots filled with seed starting mix. Place the Carex seeds onto the soil and cover thinly with sand or soil. To help keep the ornamental grass seed moist until germination occurs, cover the pots with clear plastic wrap. Move the Carex seedlings to direct sunlight once they have sprouted, either in a south facing window or greenhouse and remove the plastic wrap. Transplant the Carex plants into progressively larger containers as they grow. A mature Carex plant can be transplanted outdoors into its permanent place usually within one full growing season. Grow this Carex in sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Use it for its contrasts of texture and habit in containers, mixed beds and mixed borders. Or plant it as edging for walkways, or massed as a ground cover.