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Carex appalachica (Appalachian sedge)

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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.

SIZE
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Height

12 Inches

Spread

8 Inches

Spacing

10 Inches

Bloom Color

Green

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Appalachian sedge Interesting Notes

Carex appalachica is a native sedge 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. Appalachian sedge has a tidy clumping habit making it a perfect feature in a container, rock or stump, or in a border planting along a walkway.


Carex appalachica should be planted in well-drained soil in part or full shade. It is adaptable to a wide variety of soil types, but will not tolerate wetness. Running along the Appalachian Mountains, from South Carolina up to Canada, this sedge has 12”-18” blades that gently fall to about 6”, creating a graceful flow when planted en masse.


A wonderful substitute to the ever-popular Carex pensylvanica, it is rougher textured, forms in clumps, and tolerates drier conditions unlike its cousin. Very deer resistant, we trim it back to the ground in late winter to watch it re-flush a vibrant green in the spring in our woodland garden.

Carex appalachica Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in well-drained soil in part or full shade. Adaptable to a wide variety of soil types, but will not tolerate wetness.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Dry
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Woodland
Lawn Alternative
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Grass Type
Cool Season