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Carex woodii

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: rich, average

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: yellow, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Carex woodii (pretty sedge)
  • Carex woodii (pretty sedge)

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Description

Carex woodii

Also known as:

pretty sedge

,

Wood's sedge

,

pretty carex

Scientific Synonyms:

Carex colorata

Description

Carex woodii is a fine textured sedge with light-green, thin foliage. As a specimen, it will form a low-growing, graceful clump up to 12" tall.

Cultivation

Carex woodii is a cool climate species. It is typically found in rich, moist to dry deciduous forests. It is low maintenance and drought resistant within its native range. It slowly forms clumps and small colonies by means of rhizomatous roots, and can be planted in groups to form an elegant, non-aggressive woodland grouncover.It is one of the earlier sedges and will often go to seed by mid-May. Blooms April to May. Zones 4-6

Propagation

Propagate by clump and root division in early spring. Can be propagated from seed.

Additional Notes

The genus modifier "woodii" is not a reference to this species' adaptation to woodland environments, but rather to the the 18th century English botanist William Wood.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CT, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MN, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Special Concern: CT
  • Threatened: IL

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 woodii pretty sedge