'Banana Boat' Carex Ornamental Grass

At first glance, you might take this plant to be a small lance-leaved hosta, but it's actually a broad-leaved form of deciduous sedge. The one inch wide leaves are bright lemon or banana yellow with narrow, green margins and stripes.

This is an outstanding accent plant for brightening up shady gardens or pathways and is also striking in containers. Native to mountain woodlands, 'Banana Boat' slowly creeps by rhizomes to form a dense mass of bold-textured foliage. It is a long-lived, durable sedge for the woodland garden.

  • Fantastic Foliage
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant


  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Short
  • Garden Height: 6 - 12 Inches
  • Spacing: 12 - 15 Inches
  • Spread: 12 - 15 Inches
  • Foliage Colors: Green, Yellow
  • Foliage Shade: Variegated
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Container Role: Filler


  • Light Requirement: Part Shade to Shade
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9
  • Water Category: Average, Consistent Water
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Neutral Soil, Acidic Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Groundcover, Edging
  • Maintenance Notes: This sedge prefers partial shade and moist, fertile soil. Once established, it is able to tolerate drier conditions. Trim back the old foliage to ground level in early spring. It can also be divided at this time or in early fall.

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc


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