Carex maorica is a light green to yellow-green tufted sedge that grows 50cm or so tall. Usually found in swampy areas, we grow these in our water beds. It is a good plant for environmental plantings but has become quite uncommon. It will tolerate quite dry sites and heavy frost and is great for sun or shade. Growth is arching clumps with spiky seed heads in summer. Likes damp wet soils / swampy conditions, but can handle drier conditions. Good environmental planting.
Carex maorica is a good addition for biodiversity values in a riparian planting. It is often found in plant communities that include but are not limited to Apodasmia similis, Carex secta, Carex virgata, Phormium tenax, and Eleocharis acuta.
For more information on plant communities, we recommend DOC’s publication Native Plant Communities of the Canterbury Plains