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Carex pensylvanica (Oak sedge)
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Carex pensylvanica

Oak sedge

With its tough disposition and spreading habit, this native grass makes an excellent shade groundcover. Fine texture and fountaining habit give this sedge a soft appearance that is lovely as an underplanting for bolder shade perennials or on its own as a shade lawn. Great in containers too! Easy to grow. Happiest in the company of oaks, but who isn't?

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Height

8-10 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

10 Inches

Bloom Color

Wheat

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Oak sedge Interesting Notes

Taxanomic, ecological and fire effect information at http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/graminoid/carpen/all.html

Photo of flower http://www.keiriosity.com/cyperaceae/carex_pensylvanica.htm

A low sedge with delicate, arching, semi-evergreen leaves. Spreads, in restrained fashion, to form an appealing ground cover. Mixes well with many other types of plants.

Carex pensylvanica Growing and Maintenance Tips

C. pensylvanica is native to open woods and thickets. Prefers dry, well-drained soils in full to part shade. Spreads via rhizomes. Propagate by seed or divisionof clumps every few years. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs. Use as a border or groundcover in shady areas.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Container
Container
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Moist
Moist
Average
Average

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Edging
Native to US
Moist Shade
Rock Garden
Native to Northeast
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Tissue culture