Carex berggrenii

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Carex berggrenii Petrie

Cyperaceae

Life form: grass
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   7

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: linear

Division: simple

    

Shape: not specified
Fruit: nut

VII

165B / 92481f 

Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Juncanae
Ordo:
Cyperales

Carex berggrenii is a grass.

Naming

Carex berggrenii was described by Donald Petrie. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 10 to 30 centimetres.

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Carex berggrenii is native to New Zealand.

Cultivation

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 -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • alpine garden (especially for plants that are not very competitive)
  • open areas
  • rockeries

Uses

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.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große 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.

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