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