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Carex ‘Spark Plug’


This plant is no longer for sale directly from TERRA NOVA® Nurseries. However, it may still be available through one of our Licensees or Retail Sources.


Forms short, tight clumps of spiky, variegated foliage. It's a great blender and filler for the garden or in a container. This deer-resistant, evergreen sedge thrives in moist garden conditions. A wonderful component in mixed containers.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 8-10
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 9″ / 13″ / 15″
Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time(s): June, July, August, September

SKU: CARSPAPLU Categories: ,
Common Name Palm sedge
Family Cyperaceae
Genus Carex
species phyllocephala
Plant Type Perennial
US Patent # PP24597
EU Grant # --
Bloom Time June, July, August, September
Flower Color Green
Foliage Color Green
Dormancy --
Exposure Part Shade, Full Shade
Growth Habit Clumping
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 8, 9, 10
How Different? 2/3 shorter than Carex 'Sparkler' with a more compact habit and shorter, narrower variegated leaves.
Landscape Value Edging, accent in moist shade to part shade or containers. Lovely in mass planting.
Most Active Growing Season Spring
Persistence Deciduous
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 9" / 13" / 15"
Soil (Garden) Grows best in rich fertile soils, but tolerates average soils.
Water (Garden) Prefers slightly moist soils.
Special Uses Cut Flower, Deep South, Deer Resistant
Comments Cut back and remove old foliage to neaten. The small terminal flowers spikes late July are not showy.
Water (Greenhouse) Keep evenly moist.
EC 1.0 – 1.5
pH 5.8 – 6.2
Fertility Needs 100 – 150 ppm
Notes Doesn’t need pinching.
Finish Time to 4″ 6 – 8 weeks
Finish Time to Gallon
Day Length for Flowering Long Day
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