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Carex plantaginea

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

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

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, average, loam, clay

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: yellow, green

Leaf Color: green, purple, multi-color

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: clumping, evergreen, fall interest, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Carex plantaginea (plantainleaf sedge)
  • Carex plantaginea (plantainleaf sedge)
  • Carex plantaginea (plantainleaf sedge)
  • Carex plantaginea (plantainleaf sedge)
  • Carex plantaginea (plantainleaf sedge)

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Description

Carex plantaginea

Also known as:

plantainleaf sedge

,

plantain-leaved sedge

,

seersucker sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex plantaginea is an evergreen, grass-like perennial. It forms 2' high clumps of green, 1" wide, blade-like leaves. These are often tinged with purple at the base. Unremarkable flowers appear in spring.

Cultivation

Plantain sedge is native to moist, deciduous forests. It will tolerate part-sun, provided the soil is kept consistently moist throughout the hot summer months. It is slow to colonize, and maintains a neatly clumped form. Can be used effectively as an evergreen texture plant for shaded gardens and moist rock gardens. Bloom time is from March to May. Zones 4-7

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

Although the flowers of Carex plantaginea are unremarkable, this species offers excellent texture and a strong evergreen design element that will enhance any shaded or woodland garden.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

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

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MN, NJ

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 plantaginea plantainleaf sedge