Carex berggrenii Petrie
Carex berggrenii is a grass.
Carex berggrenii was described by Donald Petrie. The name is considered as validly published.
Carex berggrenii is a species in the genus Carex which contains approximately 2264 to 2485 species and belongs to the family of the Cyperaceae (Sedge Family). The type species of the genus is Carex hirta.
The grasses are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 10 to 30 centimetres.
Carex berggrenii is evergreen. The fern-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. They turn an attractive red in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Carex berggrenii produces spikes of brown flowers in July.
The grasses produce nuts.
Carex berggrenii is native to New Zealand.
The grasses prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- alpine garden (especially for plants that are not very competitive)
- open areas
The recommended planting distance is 15 centimetres, the grasses are best planted in groups of 5 to 10. Suited for rockeries and for mixed borders, as well as suited as groundcover and as container plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.