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Carex platyphylla

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: rich, average

Height: 8"-12"

Leaf Color: blue-green

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

Additional Tags: clumping, deer resistant, fall interest, naturalizing, shade garden plant

Carex platyphylla (broadleaf sedge)
  • Carex platyphylla (broadleaf sedge)
  • Carex platyphylla (broadleaf sedge)
  • Carex platyphylla (broadleaf sedge)

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Description

Carex platyphylla

Also known as:

broadleaf sedge

,

broad-leaved sedge

,

broadleaf sedge

,

silver sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex platyphylla is a highly ornamental sedge. It is low growing, but has broad, bluish leaves that can be up to an inch wide. It forms neat little clumps up to 12" tall.

Cultivation

Carex platyphylla does best in filtered light. It is easy to grow in average, moist well-drained soil, and, once established is quite tolerant of dry conditions. It is semi-evergreen to evergreen, and low maintenance. An optional haircut late winter will help showcase the new foliages as it emerges. It is non-aggressive and slow spreading. It can be used as a specimen, or planted in groups to form a ground cover. The color and texture of its leaves make it deserving of premiere spot in any lightly shaded garden or perennial flower border. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate by clump division in early spring.

Additional Notes

Like most sedges, this species is remarkably deer resistant, and unpalatable to herbivores in general.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

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

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: MI

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 platyphylla broadleaf sedge