Carex Amazon Mist is a graceful ornamental grass with arching silver white evergreen foliage. The narrow leaves with darker green reverse each end with a slight curl.
The flowing mounds of fine textured are lovely spilling over slopes and walls. It is attractive in containers, in rock gardens and at garden’s edge, adding colour and texture to both summer and autumn displays.
Carex is an all round tough plant suitable for problem areas, this low-maintenance plant quickly becomes established in borders or containers. It is extremely versatile with regard to soil types, tolerating dryness, salt winds and sandy drought-prone soils and yet will adapt to quite boggy situations. Hardy to around minus 10°C (14°F). It is disease, pest resistant and evergreen and will provide valuable winter interest to the garden.
Carex is outstanding when planted with silver foliage plants, brightly coloured flowers or variegated grasses. They give colour, texture and movement in the perennial garden. They look good as a specimen in a pot or planted informally in groups or 3, 5 or more, dotted among herbaceous plants and ground cover.
They are at their most effective when planted close together in show-stopping block planting. For glorious colour, plant in full sun to partial shade.
Sow indoors in late Winter to early Spring or in Autumn or direct sow on open ground from March onwards.
Sowing indoors: Sow on to the surface of a free-draining, moist seed-sowing compost and cover with 3 to 4mm (¼ in) of vermiculite. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep at around 15 to 20°C (60 to 68°F).
Germination should take place in approximately two weeks. Maintain a temperature of 15°C (60°F) until the seedlings are established.
Once seedlings are large enough to handle, take a small clump of seedlings and put them all in a one-litre pot of gritty compost. They will form a bushy plant and be ready to go into the garden in summer. Grow in sun and in well drained soil.
Direct sowing: Ensure all ground is weed free and well prepared before sowing. Sow the seed 2 to 3cm (¾ to 1¼in) deep in rows 60 to 90cm (25 to 35in) apart with a distance of 10 to 30cm (4 to 12in) between the plants.
The rate and speed of germination will depend on the soil temperature and weather conditions and could be from 7 to 21 days.
In spring comb through the plant with your fingers to remove dead foliage. Feed in summer with single dressing of a dilute general fertiliser. Even without an annual feed, most grasses will put on a first-rate show. The more nitrogen grasses receive the greener and further they'll grow. Do not over do it…their spreading habit is fine in a field, but in a garden they may become too lush and the flower quality may suffer.
Cut back old foliage to 10cm (4in) in spring as new growth appears in the centres of plants. Divide congested plants in April to June.
Beds and borders, City and Courtyard Gardens, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Foliage, Prairie planting. Flower arrangements. Low Maintenance or Mediterranean. Maritime gardens
Native to New Zealand, it is endemic to North, South and Stewart Islands. Its natural habitat is in coastal to subalpine areas, usually in free draining soils either in the open or under scrub or tall forest in relatively open sparsely vegetated situations. It often naturalises in urban areas.
Carex comans is very variable, and red and green colour forms are known. It is probably the most popular native grass used in amenity planting.
Pronounced KAIR-ecks KOE-manz. The genus name Carex is he classical Latin name for a species of sedge, now applied to the whole group.
The species name comans means ‘like a luxurious head of hair’
(The Latin word coma is usually used as a suffix meaning ‘hair’ or ‘a tuft of hair’ - as in the words Isocoma, Pyrrocoma, Leptocoma)
Synonyms: Carex pulchella, C. comans var. pulchella, C. cheesemanii Petrie, and C. comans var. cheesemanii.
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Packet Size 25 Seeds Common Name Curled Sedge, Switch Grass Other Language Names Carex Fretalis Family Cyperaceae Genus Carex Species comans var. stricta Cultivar Amazon Mist Synonym Aka Frosted Curls or Frosty Curled Sedge Hardiness Hardy Perennial Foliage Arching silver-white, evergreen foliage Height 30 to 38cm (12 to15in) Spread 50 to 60cm (18 to 24in) Position Full sun preferred. Aspect All aspects. Exposed or Sheltered Soil Light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil.