Carex laxiculmis

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Plant types and subtypes: On SALE This Week, Grasses, Sedges, Ornamental Grasses

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

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: April, May, June, July

Bloom Color: white, yellow

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

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

Additional Tags: clumping, evergreen, fall interest, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, woodland plant

Carex laxiculmis (spreading sedge)
  • Carex laxiculmis (spreading sedge)
  • Carex laxiculmis (spreading sedge)
  • Carex laxiculmis (spreading sedge)
  • Carex laxiculmis (spreading sedge)

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Description

Carex laxiculmis

Also known as:

spreading sedge

,

creeping sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex laxiculmis is a very attractive, evergreen, grass-like perennial. It forms 12" high neat clumps of striking blue-green, broad, arching leaves. Unremarkable flowers appear in mid-spring to mid-summer.

Cultivation

Spreading sedge is native to moist, deciduous forests. It will tolerate part-sun, provided the soil is kept consistently moist throughout the hot summer months. Though the common names suggest a spreading or creeping habit, it is actually slow to colonize, and maintains a neatly clumped form. A late winter, or early spring, 'haircut' will allow new growth to shine. It can be used effectively as an evergreen ground cover, and as an accent or border plant for shaded gardens and moist perennial flower beds. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring. Can be propagated from seed. These can be collected and stored. They will not require treatment before sowing.

Additional Notes

Carex laxiculmis is an excellent alternative to the over-used, non-native and invasive Liriope.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: ME
  • Threatened: MN

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 laxiculmis spreading sedge