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Carex plantaginea (seersucker sedge)
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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.

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8-10 Inches


10-12 Inches


10 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

seersucker sedge Interesting Notes

The bold foliage of Carex plantaginea makes it a welcome textural surprise in the woodland garden. Plantain-leaf sedge grows 6-12” tall in part to full shade given moist to average soil. However, it will tolerate that dry, difficult spot in your garden. The almost evergreen foliage of this delightful sedge is bright green with a wrinkled look and purple-brown subtle flowers in May. Plantain-leaf sedge is a clump forming perennial that grows quickly to form an attractive mass which can be divided regularly. This grass-like, tufted groundcover is striking when used as an edger, accent or massed with shade garden staples such as Phlox stoloniferaTiarella cordifoliaTrillium stamineumHeuchera americana, and Fothergilla gardenii. - Mt. Cuba Center

Carex plantaginea Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows well in part or full shade in moist to average soil. Tolerates a dry shady site, but will not spread as freely.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Native to North America
Moist Shade
Dry Shade
Grass Type: Cool Season