Carex pensylvanica

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Common Name:
Pennsylvania Sedge, Oak Sedge
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Shade to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone:
Bloom Color:
Foliage Interest
Bloom Time:
Garden Height:
6-12 Inches
Garden Spread:
12-18 Inches
  • Versatile grass-like native
  • Tolerates shady spots well
  • Can handle drier soil than many sedges
Carex pensylvanica is a versatile plant for the shade garden. It has finely textured leaves and a great spreading habit. This sedge lends a soft appearance, especially when planted with more vibrant perennials, or can even be planted alone as a low-maintenance replacement for lawns. Interesting brown-gold flower structures appear mid-late spring. Did you know Pennsylvania sedge can host 36 species of caterpillars? Native to the eastern U.S.
Uses: Borders, Cottage Gardens, Edging, Flower Beds, Ground Cover, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens, Rock Gardens, Woodland Gardens
Nature Attraction: Butterflies
Critter Resistance: Deer
Notable Features: Drought Tolerant, Easy To Grow, Native
Growth Habit: Spreading
Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in shade or partial sun in well-drained soil; tolerates more sun in a moist soil. If grown as a lawn-substitute, can be mowed down to 2", up to 2-3 times during the season, but mowing is not necessary. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter. Slowly spreads over time; divide in spring or autumn, if desired.
Photo courtesy of Stonehouse Nursery, LLC

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