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Carex cherokeensis (Cherokee sedge)
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Carex cherokeensis

Cherokee sedge

We are particularly excited to offer Carex cherokeensis as it has recently gained popularity as a meadow foundation planting. It not only has great aesthetic appeal but, it is also a well-behaved, contributing member within many designed plant communities. With the increased utility of this formerly under-used grass, we look forward to seeing its environmental wings stretched in site-specific locations. This is a plant on the rise!

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 LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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12-18 Inches


18-24 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 6-9

Carex cherokeensis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in part sun to full shade and average to moist soils. Remains semi-evergreen. Avoid hard cut-back. Trim brown tips in winter or early spring if a tidier appearance is desired. Water well upon planting and regularly until established. 

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Seed cultivar
Grass Type
Cool Season