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Carex pensylvanica for sale

Carex pensylvanica for sale

Carex pensylvanica for sale

Pennsylvania Sedge has narrow, low-growing foliage that forms a lush green carpet. Our most popular native sedge, it makes a fine lawn alternative or ground cover. It spreads slowly by rhizomes and is most effective when planted in masses. Carex pensylvanica is perfect for woodland gardens or shady areas; however, it doesn’t mind being planted in sun in cooler climates if it gets sufficient moisture. This petite, eight-inch beauty flowers in May.

Carex pensylvanica

Carex pensylvanica is a great pollinator plant, supporting several caterpillar species. In the wild, it provides shelter and nesting material for birds. It is semi-evergreen and drought tolerant once established. This graceful little sedge is found in meadows or forest floors from Maine to Alabama and into the Dakotas. It performs best where cool summer nights provide relief from heat.Carex pensylvanica spreads slowly by rhizomes to form a lush, green carpet. The texture contrasts beautifully with large-leaved, shade perennials. Other sedges also have fine foliage, but Pennsylvania sedge somehow manages to look a little different. It has an appealing softness and uniformity. There’s a stand of this low-growing sedge outside my office window at Hoffman Nursery. Just a glance at its cool greenness and fine foliage brings my mental temperature down a few notches – perfect during the spring rush.

The delicate look of this sedge belies its workhorse nature. As a lawn alternative for shade, it doesn’t need regular mowing, but it can be cut back two to three times a year if desired. Carex pensylvanica also fits perfectly as a groundcover or as a base layer for taller perennials. It performs beautifully in our dry shade garden at the nursery. In general, it does best in dry, well-drained soils, but it will handle a range of soil conditions from clay to sandy loams. In cooler climates, it will tolerate more sun than it does in the heat and humidity of the Southeast. Carex pensylvanica is a versatile plant for the shade garden. It has finely textured leaves and a great spreading habit. This sedge lends a soft appearance, especially when planted with more vibrant perennials, or can even be planted alone as a low-maintenance replacement for lawns. Interesting brown-gold flower structures appear mid-late spring. Did you know Pennsylvania sedge can host 36 species of caterpillars? Native to the eastern U.S. (Source: romencegardens.com)

 

 

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