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Calamagrostis brachytricha

Korean feather reed grass

Calamagrostis brachytricha is a clump-forming grass with bright green leaves reaching about 2 feet. In late summer blooms emerge with a pink tint and reach 3 to 4 feet. The feathery flowers fade to cream in fall and finish in a straw color in winter. A graceful addition to the shade or part shade garden! One of the few flowering grasses that is happy in the shade. Wonderful for cut flowers.

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Feather reed grass

One of the most popular garden grasses in the world, 'Karl Foerster' is known for its ease of culture, tidy vertical habit and beautiful feathery blooms. In mid summer flowers open a creamy white tinged with pink. As they age they become narrow plumes of golden straw and last well into winter.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Carex 'Silver Sceptre'

Japanese sedge

A beautiful selection of this sedge, this one has narrow (1/4") leaves with white margins, giving it a very fine texture overall. Rhizomatous, forming thick silvery clumps. A bright addition to the shade palette!

Carex 'Silver Sceptre'

Carex amphibola

Creek sedge

Carex amphibola is a widely adaptable native sedge naturally occurring from Texas to Quebec and Georgia to New Hampshire. The compact and semi-erect mound has proven to be semi evergreen (zone 6b) and prefers deciduous shade in upland or even floodplain conditions; easily adapts to fine or medium textured soils. Creek sedge lends itself well to native shade gardens, along wood paths or as a slope stabilizer. It is a vigorous clump former with shiny, narrow green foliage 1/8" wide by up to 12" long. C. amphibola is an excellent companion for Phlox divaricata, Asarum, Chrysogonum and Polygonatum...among others!

Carex amphibola

Carex appalachica

Appalachian sedge

This lovely sedge is native to the dry woods of eastern North America. Its fine texture and fountaining habit make it a lovely groundcover in dry shady sites, even in the root zone of trees. Its tidy clumping habit makes it a perfect feature in a container, rock or stump, or in a border planting along a walkway.

Carex appalachica

Carex cherokeensis

Cherokee sedge

C. cherokeensis prefers moist conditions but, tolerates some variables. It prefers some shade including dappled light from trees or even just reprieve from the heat of the afternoon sun.  The inflorescence has been noted as insignificant but, we like the little wispy spikes that add a bit of interest in the spring. It can be evergreen in milder climates, a harsh cut back may harm.  It is better to give a little light haircut to improve its appearance.

Carex cherokeensis

Carex comosa

Longhair sedge

A native sedge that works well for mass plantings in moist to wet areas. Tolerates some salinity.

Carex comosa

Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki'

Gold Fountains sedge

This shade-loving sister of C. 'Evergold' is bright gold with attractive narrow (1/4") foliage almost all year. Striking, long-lived and reliable. Works well in average garden conditions and in containers.

Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki'

Carex eburnea

Bristleleaf sedge

A wonderful naturalizer, Carex eburnea is the ideal native groundcover for the woodland or rock garden. Petite colonies of 6-8 inch long soft, thread-like foliage takes on a spherical shape as inconspicuous whitish-green flower spikes appear in early spring.

Carex eburnea

Carex emoryi

Emory's sedge

A wetland native that forms dense colonies of straw-colored leaves at the base with bright green new growth emerging from the top. An emergent aquatic, Carex emoryi is found on shores, stream banks, wet meadows, and seepage areas from Newfoundland south to Virginia and from Manitoba south to eastern Oklahoma and Texas.

Carex emoryi

Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'

Glaucous sedge

This Emerald Coast introduction is indeed an improvement over the species. It is much more light blue than what we'd previously grown. Excellent and versatile shade groundcover for dry or moist spots. Cool season, evergreen in warm climates, more clump forming than C. flacca.

Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'

Carex flaccosperma

Blue wood sedge

A beautiful native groundcover with striking glaucus blue foliage, Blue wood sedge is easy to grow and evergreen in warmer zones, though it benefits from a late winter cut back. Early spring flowers are slender and form interesting seed heads. Forms tidy clumps and spreads by seed.

Carex flaccosperma

Carex laxiculmus Bunny Blue® 'HOBB'

Bunny Blue sedge

Bunny Blue® is a low growing, evergreen, native sedge with silver-blue foliage. Use as a ground cover or specimen plant for moist to average shady areas. Native plant.

Carex laxiculmus Bunny Blue® 'HOBB'

Carex lurida

Shallow sedge

This cool-season grass provides excellent erosion control.

Carex lurida

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Japanese sedge

A bright groundcover for a shady spot, 'Ice Dance' has long shiny leaves trimmed in bright white. It spreads slowly to fill in and make a tidy cover that discourages weeds. Deer and disease resistant, it is long-lasting and easy to grow!

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Carex muskingumensis

Muskingum sedge

Naturally occuring in moist habitats such as low, swampy woods and wet meadows, but will tolerate some drought.

Carex muskingumensis

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

Golden sedge

Fountains of narrow leaves with broad cream stripes adorn this clump-forming, shade-loving grass. 'Evergold' is lovely spilling over into a path or as an architectural feature in a container or window box. Deer and disease resistant, it is long-lasting and easy to grow!

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everest'

Japanese sedge

No gardening mountain is too high to master with this easy to grow sedge! Adaptable to a variety of conditions, tuck 'Everest' into a border, living wall or mixed container for a four season display of tidy, mounding foliage. Icy white margins frost the edges of deep green arching leaves. Enjoy year-round color with this versatile ornamental grass from the EverColor® series.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everest'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everillo'

Japanese sedge

Impossible to miss in even the shadiest of gardens, the fantastically bright lime green foliage of this showstopping variety ages to a golden yellow. Easy to grow in many locations, tuck 'Everillo' into a border, living wall or mixed container for a four season display of tidy, mounding foliage.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everillo'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everlime'

Japanese sedge

Lime green margins edge the glossy green leaves of this superb variety. Easy to grow in many locations, tuck 'Everlime' into a border, living wall or mixed container for a four season display of tidy, mounding foliage. Enjoy year-round color with this versatile ornamental grass from the EverColor® series.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everlime'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Eversheen'

Japanese sedge

We added this new selection to round out our Evercolor® collection as the "." on the "!" that is the diversity of the Evercolor® series. It is not only evergreen, but also ever-beautiful. There is not a single season in which this grass does not look garden worthy.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Eversheen'

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?

Carex pensylvanica

Carex plantaginea

Seersucker sedge
Shiny deep green leaves are unusually broad (to 1 1/8") and puckered like Christmas ribbon. An excellent, mostly evergreen (the basal foliage overwinters) groundcover for average to moist shade, provides unique texture. Flowers occur in early to mid-spring, thin and black-tipped, not especially showy. Found in moist woods from Canada to Alabama.
Carex plantaginea

Carex platyphylla

Silver sedge

A spectacular clump-forming sedge with powder blue leaves up to an inch or more wide. Spreads slowly to form a wonderfully textured groundcover in moist or average soil. Tolerates dry shade once established. An early spring haircut makes room for clean new growth. Great for deciduous shade.

Carex platyphylla

Carex radiata

Eastern star sedge

An attractive, native perennial sedge that forms dense tufts of foliage reaching 1–2' in height with an equal spread. Inflorescences range from 1-3" in length; blooming late spring. Very adaptable, dappled sunlight to medium shade, moist to mesic conditions, and a rich loamy soil with abundant organic matter. Incorporate with native ferns or spring ephemerals such as Mertensia virginica and mayapple. Seeds are enjoyed by various songbirds.

Carex radiata

Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'

Creeping broadleaf sedge
This is a very bright and attractive spreading groundcover. Wide bright green leaves with distinct white stripes form slowly spreading clumps. It is completely deciduous, often emerging just when you wonder if it has made it through the winter. Noted plantsman Charles Oliver has had this in his zone 5 garden for 10 years. At 8-10", it is an excellent groundcover or edging for the shade garden.
Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'

Carex stricta

Tussock sedge

A wetland native that forms dense tussocks of straw-colored leaves at the base with bright green new growth emerging from the top. Spreads via rhizomes. Found in wet meadows. Emergent aquatic.

Carex stricta

Carex vulpinoidea

Fox sedge

One of the most widespread species of Carex in North America, growing in wet meadows, prairies, swamps and marshes.  The seedheads mature in late summer and resemble fox tails, hence the common name.

Carex vulpinoidea

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern sea oats

A versatile native grass with bamboo-like foliage and delightful nodding seed heads that rustle in the breeze from late summer to winter. It grows in most sites and is a quite vigorous groundcover when given consistent moisture and sun. It is better behaved in average garden conditions and in shade. A unique cut flower in fresh or dry arrangements.

Chasmanthium latifolium
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