Australian Native Sedges are a great drought tolerant alternative for landscaping purposes as well as an essential element of revegetation projects.
Although they look like grasses and rushes they are valued for their ability to grow in both wet and dry conditions. Used in the areas around lakes, dams and rivers it is the ability to survive dry summers that makes them valuable.
Basically divided into three groups depending on how much water they grow in.
- Dry bank types that grow above the water level.
- Bank to marginal types that grow in the water however will survive without water for periods.
- Marginal types that typically grow in water.
Some of the more commonly used varieties in Australia include:
- Carex – One of the largest group with varieties suited to salt affected or coastal water
- Ficosa nodosa – Excellent in coastal conditions with good foliage tear round.
- Juncus – Some varieties are suited to coastal estuary conditions, others to fresh water.
- Restio – One of the more ornamental sedges, a good specimen plant near a pond.
- Cyperus – Fast to establish and used in urban wetland situations.
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