Carex pensylvanica - 3.5 inch Pots (Minimum Quantity: 25 Plants)
Carex pensylvanica - Pennsylvania sedge - is a fine native plant choice for dry shade. Use it for naturalizing, and erosion control. It serves as a great lawn substitute in woodland areas. Pennsylvania sedge is deer resistant, too.
Name(s): Carex pensylvanica, Yellow Sedge, Pennsylvania Sedge, Penn Sedge, Early Sedge
Flower Color: Not applicable
Bloom Time: Not applicable
Foliage: Dark green, grassy, arching.
Height/Spread: 8 inches to 10 inches x 12 to 15 inches.
Climate Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade.
Soil Condition: Wet to well-drained, loamy, pH 6.5 to 7.5
Features: Graceful foliage, deer resistant, drought-tolerant, can be mown.
Uses: Massed planting, naturalizing, bog gardens, water gardens, container gardens, lawn substitute, native plant collections, butterfly habitat.
Comments: Carex pensylvanica - also known as Pennsylvania Sedge or Oak Sedge - is native to Central and Eastern U.S. It has narrow, dark green foliage 1/8" wide and 12". 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.
Unlike many other sedges, Carex pensylvanica will grow in average, dry soil, though regular watering is recommended. Use for Pensylvania sedge for ground cover, mass plantings, naturalizing, and erosion control. It serves as a fine lawn substitute in dry shade and woodland areas. In its natural habitat, it is often found growing under oaks. Mature height is 8"-10", spreads 12"-18".
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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