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Carex socialis

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Plant types and subtypes: Ground Covers, Grasses, Sedges

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: average, poor, clay

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green, lime-green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, evergreen, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, stream margin plant

Carex socialis (low woodland sedge)
  • Carex socialis (low woodland sedge)
  • Carex socialis (low woodland sedge)
  • Carex socialis (low woodland sedge)

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Carex socialis

Also known as:

low woodland sedge


social sedge

Scientific Synonyms:


Carex socialis is a fine-texture sedge, with lime-green leaves that are merely 1/16" across, but up to 16" long. It forms large clumps of flopping foliage which, when grown en masse, creates a sea of bright green irregular waves. It blooms mid-spring, with small flower spikelets borne atop thin, but rigid stems, that appear to float above the foliage. This species is evergreen in all but the coldest parts of its range, where it is considered semi-evegreen.


Low woodland sedge is typically found growing in shaded floodplains, and lowland deciduous forests. It is well adapted to periods of seasonal flooding, followed by dry spells. It thrives in silty soil, and tolerates poorly-drained heavy clay. It prefers filtered light and open shade, and performs very well under ordinary garden conditions. Once established, it will easily withstand periods of drought so long as it is sheltered from direct sun. It spreads by long, creeping rhizomes, and under favorable conditions will form large colonies and create a formidable and attractive ground cover. Zones 5-8


Slow to propagate from seed. Divide clumps in early spring or fall.

Additional Notes

A late winter "haircut" will rejuvenate the appearance of the plants. Carex socialis deserves broader attention, and can be used as a responsible alternative to liriope. Unpalatable to deer and other herbivores.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Rare: IN


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 socialis low woodland sedge