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Carex pensylvanica

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

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

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green, lime-green

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

Additional Tags: colonizing, deer resistant, drought tolerant, mat-forming, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, semi-deciduous, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
  • Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
  • Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
  • Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
  • Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

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Description

Carex pensylvanica

Also known as:

Pennsylvania sedge

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Scientific Synonyms:

Carex stolonifera

Description

Carex pensylvanica is a very attractive fine-textured sedge, and has become increasingly popular in cultivation. The leaf blades are bright green, 1 to 3 mm across, and up to 12" long. When planted en masse, the foliage flops over in random patterns creating waves amid a sea of green. It is semi-evergreen, and provides uninterrupted visual appeal throughout the seasons. The blooming period occurs mid-spring. Plants producie fine, erect fertile culms, however, unlike some other sedges, neither the inflorescence nor the ensuing seed heads are visually noteworthy.

Cultivation

Pennsylvania sedge is a very effective alternative to turf grass for shade. It is easy to grow in a variety of soil types, but does best where there's a layer (albeit a thin one) of oil rich in organic matter. It has a rhizomatous root system, but does not spread aggressively. Over time, it will form dense mats and create a formidable ground cover. It is adapted to full shade and dappled light, and once established will withstand the dry summer months with ease. It can tolerate brighter locations, even full sun, in the cooler areas of its natural range if the soil remains consistently moist. To maintain a neat appearance, the previous year's growth can be mowed down late winter, or early spring, before new growth emerges. Other than that, it is low maintenace and is best left undisturbed. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagating from seed can be a challenge: seeds are difficult to collect, germination rates are low, and seedlings are slow to establish. Best propagated by division of mature clumps in early spring when new growth emerges.

Additional Notes

As hard as we might try, it is difficult to find a downside to Carex pensylvanica. Whether using it as a ground cover, "no-mow-lawn", or as green mulch for trees, shrubs or taller growing herbaceous perennials, this species is low maintenance and visually rewarding. Oh...it's also deer resistant!

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

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

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 pensylvanica Pennsylvania sedge