Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: June, July
Bloom Color: green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts birds, clumping, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Carex luridaAlso known as:
Carex lurida is an attractive sedge with light-green foliage and an arching, clumping form. The leaves are erect to gently arching, and grow up to a height of 2'. The flowering culms can extend another foot above the foliage. The flowering spikelets are attractive and conspicuous, and are shaped like a spiked, elongated thimble.
Shallow sedge almost exclusively occurs in wetlands. It is well adapted to mucky soil and is typically found growing in boggy areas, wet ditches, and along pond and stream margins. It is quick to establish and performs well in rich soil as well as in disturbed sites. It can withstand regular inundation, occasional periods of standing water, and is one of the most ornamental sedges for use in rain gardens. Clumps will slowly expand by means of short rhizomes. The root system is fibrous and dense, making this species a favorite option for soil stabilization and erosion control. The preference is full, to part-sun. Zones 4-9
Propagate from seed or by clump division.
The seeds are very attractive to many species of wetland birds. Very deer resistant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
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