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Carex eburnea

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

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, average, poor, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-8"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, drought tolerant, mounding, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant

Carex eburnea (bristleleaf sedge)
  • Carex eburnea (bristleleaf sedge)

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Description

Carex eburnea

Also known as:

bristleleaf sedge

,

bristle-leaved sedge

,

ebony sedge

,

ivory sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Growing only to a height of 10", Carex eburnea is a compact grass, with needle-like green leaves. Growing in delicate tufts, it is an attractive multipurpose grass. Its native range includes rocky bluffs, as well as riperian areas that experience very wet winter and springs. It is classified as a facultative upland species, meaning it usually occur in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands.

Cultivation

Very easy to grow in just about any conditions, the compact form and attractive foliage of bristleleaf sedge, make it a good choice for use in rock gardens and shade gardens alike. Though it will naturalize, it does not spread aggressively and can be grown as a specimen. When planted in mass, it will create an effective ground cover in part sun or shade, in dry or moist soil that is loose, sandy, or even rocky. Previous years foliage should be cut back before the beginning of the new growing season to preserve a neat appearance. Extremely cold hardy. Zones 2-8.

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or clump division in early spring.

Additional Notes

Bristleleaf sedge can be cut back regularly during its growing season, making a good native option for a low traffic shaded lawn.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: ME, MD, NH, PA
  • Rare: IN

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 eburnea bristleleaf sedge