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Carex eburnea (bristleleaf sedge)
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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.

SIZE
Carex eburnea LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

6-8 Inches

Spread

6-8 Inches

Spacing

10 Inches

Bloom Color

Green

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-8

bristleleaf sedge Interesting Notes

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.


Native to the US, running from Canada to the southeast near Georgia, this sedge grows in conifer or mixed forests and limestone outcroppings and glades. It is known to grow in drier, sandy soils, and is great for dry areas that are damp in spring, especially beneath cedars. Bristleleaf sedge prefers more alkaline soils in part-shade to shade.


Slowly forming a mass in our woodland garden, Carex eburnea can form colonies by stolons running in loose, friable soil. The fine texture of the foliage creates a soft effect in the garden that is enjoyable in contrast to bolder foliage such as Stylophorum diphyllum or Athyrium.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Evergreen
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Green Infrastructure
Lawn Alternative
Woodland
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Upland (FACU)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Grass Type
Cool Season