Carex appalachica - 3.5 inch Pots (Minimum Quantity: 25 Plants)
Carex appalachica - Appalachian Sedge - is a graceful plant, native to the Eastern U.S. It has very fine, dark green, weeping blades, 12" long. The leaf blades are evergreen in warmer climates. It has a clumping habit, and spreads slowly, making it suitable for borders. It's a a great ground cover and lawn-grass substitute in dry shade.
Name(s): Carex appalachica, Appalachian Sedge
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage: Dark green, grassy, arching.
Height/Spread: 8 inches to 10 inches x 12 to 15 inches.
Climate Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full shade.
Soil Condition: Well-drained, loamy, pH 5.6 to 7.5
Features: Graceful foliage, deer resistant, drought-tolerant.
Uses: Massed planting, naturalizing, shade gardens, woodland gardens, container gardens, lawn substitute, native plant collections, butterfly habitat.
Comments: Carex appalachica - also known as Appalachian Sedge - is native to the Eastern U.S. It has fine, dark green foliage up to 12" long. Blades are evergreen in Southern states. Spreading slowly by underground rhizomes it produces a fine ground cover in dry shade. White flowers in late Spring are followed by seed heads. Though insignificant, they add interest and texture.
Carex appalachica will grow in average, medium to dry soil. It will tolerate some drying out. Use for ground cover, mass plantings, naturalizing, erosion control on slopes, borders, lawn substitute in dry shade and woodland areas. In its natural habitat, it's often found growing under oak trees.
Carex is known to host many butterfly species. Among them are Black Dash and Northern Broken Dash, several skippers such as the Broad-Winged Skipper, Dion Skipper, Dun Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, and the Common Wood Nymph butterfly. Host plants provide food and sheltered places for egg-laying.
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