Carex testacea (New Zealand sedge)

  • Carex testacea (New Zealand sedge)


Another plant that loves the Var!

Carex testacea, also known as New Zealand sedge, is a popular ornamental grass appreciated for its unique visual appeal and easy upkeep. Native to New Zealand as its name suggests, this perennial plant, with its narrow, elongated leaves that take on a distinctive orange or copper hue as they age, is a popular choice in gardens around the world.

This ornamental grass, much appreciated at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ® in the Var, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur, is very versatile and we use it in several ways in our grounds. Our gardeners often plant it in borders or beds to add texture and colour to the campsite’s alleys and the terraces of our mobile homes, but it can also be used as ground cover in sloping areas or areas where gardening is tricky.

Robust and resistant

This plant tolerates direct sunshine and moderate droughts well, although it prefers well-drained soils. It is low-maintenance, but occasional pruning and removal of the dead leaves keeps it healthy and encourages new growth.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Carex testacea is also good for the environment. Its fibrous roots help stabilize the soil and prevent erosion, while its dense structure provides welcome shelter for the campsite’s small animals and beneficial insects.


Latin name :Carex Testacea
Family :Cyperaceae
Genus :Carex
Species :Testacea
Color :Green to orange
Origin :New Zealand
Foliage :Evergreen
Port :Perennial grass
Height :40 cm
Flowering :June-July
Carex testacea (New Zealand sedge)

Did you know?

Its green leaves become increasingly orange over time, magicking into a tuft of flamboyant copper in autumn!