Prairie Fire Orange Sedge Tree

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Prairie Fire Orange Sedge
Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire'
A quirky, colorful Fringe that’s especially exciting in winter!
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Who knew how satisfying it could be to see your landscape burst into flames? Prairie Fire Orange Sedge is a quirky Fringe with leaves that are painted olive-green at the base and bronzy orange at the tips. When cool weather arrives in the fall, the whole plant takes on brilliant, blazing orange tones. Where winters are mild, this unique evergreen Fringe holds onto its glowing orange color throughout the colder months until spring. Plant it singly as a smoking hot focal point, or plant a whole drift of Prairie Fire Orange Sedges to create a full-on five-alarm fire!

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The Story

Sedges grow around the world and can be found in a delightful assortment of sizes, shapes, colors, and growing conditions. Orange Sedge comes to us all the way from New Zealand, where a lot of the Sedges happen to have unusual bronzy, brown, or rusty orange tones. This species is one of the hardiest of the New Zealand Sedges (New Zealand enjoys mild winters, and many plants that are native there aren’t cold hardy in most areas of the U.S.). Prairie Fire is a seed selection of Orange Sedge produced by a Dutch firm called Kieft. Breeders chose it for its especially vibrant color.

The Details

Prairie Fire Orange Sedge also makes an excellent component in a container planting. Its narrow leaves offer a pleasing contrast to bold-foliaged plants, and its color presents opportunities for intriguing combinations. Try its orange highlights with plants that have burgundy, blue, or deep green foliage, or flowers that bloom in yellow, purple, or white.

How to Grow

To bring out the richest orange color, site Prairie Fire Orange Sedge in all-day sun. Irrigate regularly for best results. The soil should drain quickly and not remain soggy after a rain. Prairie Fire performs best in mild-winter climates, where the foliage will remain in good shape throughout the winter. Spring cleanup in these regions consists of combing through the foliage with gloved hands to remove dead leaves and selectively trimming any damaged ones. Seeding structures, which can be very long and not particularly showy, may be removed as well. If the whole plant looks rough after a harsh winter, it may be refreshed by cutting it back before new growth resumes in spring.

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