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Prairie Fire™ Sedge

Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire'

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Prairie Fire™ Sedge (Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire') at North Branch Nursery

Prairie Fire™ Sedge foliage

Prairie Fire™ Sedge foliage

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Prairie Fire™ Sedge (Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire') at North Branch Nursery

Prairie Fire™ Sedge foliage

Prairie Fire™ Sedge foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  New Zealand Hair Sedge

Group/Class:  ColorGrass Series


A graceful ornamental grass featuring upright, slender, green-bronze foliage tipped with orange highlights; orange color intensifies in full sun, and persists in warmer climates; low maintenance, and becomes quickly established in borders or containers

Ornamental Features

Prairie Fire™ Sedge's attractive grassy leaves are grayish green in color with prominent orange tips and tinges of coppery-bronze. The foliage often turns tan in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Prairie Fire™ Sedge is an open herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Prairie Fire™ Sedge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Prairie Fire™ Sedge will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Prairie Fire™ Sedge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features