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
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
Pricing & Availability
Carex plantagineaAlso known as:
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.
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
Propagate by division in early spring. can be propagated from seed. These can be collected and stored. They will not require treatment before sowing.
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
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
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