Interesting Plant: Carex flagellifera ‘Toffee Twist’

Carex flagellifera ‘Toffee Twist’

Interesting Plant: Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist'

Discovered via Pinterest User Betty Hawthorne

Valued for its dramatic foliage display of slender, iridescent bronze leaves with an elegant sweeping, trailing habit. A great filler to add cool-season interest to perennial borders or as a groundcover. Well suited for containers. — Monrovia

Carex flagellifera Toffee Twist is a zone 7 hardy ornamental grass for sunny areas. Actually a sedge, this carex is grown for its beautiful toasted coppery brown foliage which turns a rich mahogany color by fall. Clump forming Carex cascades and twists in the most pleasing of ways, making this ideal for container gardening. — Great Garden Plants

This plant of mine, Carex flagellifera “Toffee Twist”, has been in my garden for five years and has been through 80°F+ heat and through -10°F freezing cold and several freezing rain storms and came out of it looking excellent. It is a very easy plant and one I would recommend if you are looking for an ornamental grass for your garden. “Toffee Twist” is between 12 and 18 inches in height and will spread from 18 to 24 inches in width. It remains within its boundaries. Definitely not an invasive plant. I have it planted in front of a dwarf rhododendron because its leaf color in summer is very much like the grass color. I have several grasses in my graden but this one always looks the best, there is little to do for it except feed and water. — Dave’s Garden Discussion 

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

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