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Cappuccino Hair Sedge

Carex tenuiculmis 'Cappuccino'

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Cappuccino Hair Sedge (Carex tenuiculmis 'Cappuccino') at Valley View Farms

Cappuccino Hair Sedge foliage

Cappuccino Hair Sedge foliage

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Height:  12 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  New Zealand Hair Sedge


Presents delicate ornamental cappuccino colored foliage carried all season long; great in a moist border in partial shade or sun, likes even moisture but will become more drought tolerant once established

Ornamental Features

Cappuccino Hair Sedge is primarily valued in the garden for its interestingly mounded form. Its attractive grassy leaves are khaki (brownish-green) in color with distinctive coppery-bronze edges. The foliage often turns brown in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Cappuccino Hair Sedge is an herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cappuccino Hair Sedge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cappuccino Hair Sedge will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 7 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cappuccino Hair Sedge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features
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