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Carex amphibola (creek sedge)
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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!

SIZE
Carex amphibola LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

8-12 Inches

Spread

8-12 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Green

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

creek sedge Interesting Notes

Carex amphibola is 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 in zone 6b. It is a vigorous clump former with shiny, narrow green foliage 1/8" wide by up to 12" long. A long-lived perennial grass, it is a fantastic native substitute for Liriope.


Carex amphibola prefers deciduous shade in upland or even floodplain conditions and easily adapts to fine or medium textured soils. It tolerates full sun to full shade conditions but will need additional irrigation during the hot months of summer.


We use creek sedge in our shade gardens, along wood paths or as a slope stabilizer. Deer resistant and a host to some Lepidoptera larvae, this plant fulfills many functions in the landscape.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Evergreen
Evergreen
Groundcover
Groundcover
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Lawn Alternative
Erosion Control
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Woodland
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative (FAC)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Grass Type
Cool Season