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Carex appalachica

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Plant types and subtypes: Ground Covers, Grasses, Sedges, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, average, poor, clay

Height: 1'-2'

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: clumping, deer resistant, drought tolerant, fall interest, mounding, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Carex appalachica (Appalachian sedge)
  • Carex appalachica (Appalachian sedge)
  • Carex appalachica (Appalachian sedge)

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Description

Carex appalachica

Also known as:

Appalachian sedge

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Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex appalachica is a very attractive fine-leaved sedge. It is non-aggressive and maintains a tidy mounded form. The thin arching blades create a delicate hair-like mop, up to 2' around. The flowers are inconsequential.

Cultivation

Appalachian sedge is one of the few ornamental grasses tolerant of full shade. It is found in moist to dry upper elevation woodlands. It is very drought resistant within its natural range, and will not tolerate consistently wet soil. Easy to grow in average to poor soil, it is a low maintenance grass that can be used as a specimen in a shaded rock garden, or planted in groups to create an effective ground cover. Zones 4-5

Propagation

Easy to propagate by division. A mature clump can can easily be divided into a dozen new plants or more

Additional Notes

This grass is well suited to be planted where its roots will be confined. Thant along with its tolerance of dry conditions, make it a good choice for container gardening. It is just about as deer resistant as any grass can be.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CT, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae Sedge family
Genus Carex sedge
Species Carex appalachica Appalachian sedge