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Blue, blue, beautiful blue! Blue Zinger Sedge paints a soothing picture with its icy blue foliage. The frosty blue color has a calming effect when you look at it, like gazing at a summer sky or a clear blue lake. It’s also an easy mixer with other colors in the garden, such as green, purple, or yellow foliage, or pink, white, or orange flowers. This compact, fine-textured Fringe can be grown en masse as a groundcover, where it will flow through the landscape like a lazy blue river. You can also grow it in the rock garden or add it to a container planting for a heavenly blue accent.
There are nearly one thousand species of Sedges that exist all around the world in a wonderful array of colors, shapes, and forms. This particular species, Blue Sedge, is native to moist areas of the Mediterranean. Blue Zinger is a special selection of Blue Sedge that was introduced by Emerald Coast Growers of Pensacola, Florida. It was singled out primarily for its extra-bright blue foliage, but it differs from the species in a couple of other ways as well. It’s a bit taller than the average Blue Sedge, and it’s also more of a clumper (slower to spread) than other Blue Sedges.
You may have admired sky-blue Blue Fescue in landscapes and then tried it in your own landscape, but were disappointed with the results. Blue Fescue needs full sun, excellent drainage, and low humidity in order to thrive. Blue Zinger Sedge will give you much the same look as Fescue, but it’s a lot more forgiving. Blue Zinger grows well in sun or shade, accepts moist or dry soil, and always looks sharp.
How to Grow
Plant Blue Zinger Sedge in full sun or part shade. It will be lushest with regular water, but unlike many Sedges, this one can withstand dry periods once it’s established, and it will still look respectable. Little fertilizer is needed. Blue Zinger is evergreen in mild winters, so you may not need to cut it back in the late winter. If the foliage is in good shape, you can leave it alone; otherwise trim plants back before new growth emerges. Blue Sedge is native to alkaline soils, but is adaptable to range of pH levels. It is also moderately salt tolerant.
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