Maureen Gilmer

Japanese sedge, left, provides a bright accent in the drought-tolerant garden

Community favorite: Variegated Japanese sedge

Published: Saturday, Sep. 8, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 8CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 8:52 pm

This is one in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Community Favorites, 75 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region and recommended by local gardeners.

Variegated Japanese sedge

Carex oshimensis "Evergold"

Size: Under 1 foot tall

Bloom season: Early summer

Exposure: Partial to full shade

Pruning needs: Little or none

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once a week

Snapshot: This graceful grasslike sedge grows in well-behaved clumps and loves shady places in the dry garden. The evergreen leaves are striped with creamy yellow. Easy to care for and drought-tolerant, this sedge is ideal for rock gardens or borders. In woodland settings, it's deer resistant, too. You can see specimens near the gazebo in the arboretum's Carolee Shields All-White Garden on the UC Davis campus.

Why it's a favorite: "The weeping form and striking variegation makes this a sedge-sational eyecatcher," said Dorothy Yerxa, a volunteer at the arboretum's teaching nursery.

• Read more about the Arboretum's 75th anniversary at For more on the Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars, click on

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