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Cymophyllus fraserianus

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 12"-18"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, evergreen, mounding, rare, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flower of Cymophyllus fraserianus (Fraser's sedge)
  • Flower of Cymophyllus fraserianus (Fraser's sedge)
  • Cymophyllus fraserianus (Fraser's sedge)
  • Flower of Cymophyllus fraserianus (Fraser's sedge)
  • Cymophyllus fraserianus (Fraser's sedge)

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Description

Cymophyllus fraserianus

Also known as:

Fraser's sedge

,

Fraser's cymophyllus

Scientific Synonyms:

Cymophyllus fraserianum, Cymophyllus fraseri, Carex fraseri, Carex fraseriana

Description

Cymophyllus fraserianus is one of the larger species of sedges, with glossy, evergreen, strap-like leaves about 1.5" wide and 12" to 18" long. Numerous flowers appear atop naked stems and resemble little white pom-poms. An unusual and attractive low growing plant.

Cultivation

Endemic to the Appalachians, this species enjoys cool shady spots and well-drained soil rich in humus. It is attractive combined with other spring wildflowers, or around hemlocks, azaleas and rhododendron. A rare plant ideal for woodland or shade gardens. Blooms, April, May. Zones 5-7

Propagation

Propagate from seed in late spring.

Additional Notes

Fraser's sedge is endangered or threatened throughout its natural range.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
GA, KY, MD, NC, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: KY, MD, PA
  • Special Concern: TN
  • Threatened: GA

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 Cymophyllus cymophyllus
Species Cymophyllus fraserianus Fraser's sedge