Native plants

Carex secta

Scientific name: Carex secta
Maori name: Purei, Pukio
English name: Makura grass
Other names: Mata, matata, makura, maru; tamatea

Pioneer Grass or similar - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, shade, partial shade, sunny, shelter, exposure, coastal forest garden, coastal and dune garden, small garden or balcony, wetlands and water features

About Carex secta

A large beautiful tussuck forming sedge. Older individuals located in moist to wet soils, often form thick trunk-like bases up to a 1 metre tall of old matted rhizomes, roots and old culm bases. It is a well known species and it is a most useful plant for use in enhancing wetlands and ponds. Prefers wet conditions and full sun, but will also tolerate dry shade. In in open situations C secta can take on a more yellow-green colouration, intensified during the winter season. Attractive dark brown seed heads in summer.

Provides for lizards

  • Ground cover for retreat
  • Protection from predators
  • Clump forming for camouflage and insects

Read more about gardening for lizards.

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