Carex pensylvanica
[Oak Sedge]

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Under 12 in. Partial Sun Late Summer 5 - 9

With its tough disposition and spreading habit, this native grass makes an excellent shade ground cover. Fine texture and fountain-like habit give this sedge a soft appearance - a contrast for bolder shade perennials. Native to eastern North America, it grows under hardwood forest canopies, forest edges, savannas, mountain balds, and in rocky or sandy openings. It often makes its home near oaks, earning it an alternative common name of oak sedge.


A semi-evergreen that performs best in moist, rich, acidic soil with a half day of sun. This variety does not do well in full shade. It can be grown in shallow water 2-3 in. deep. In northern climates, it should be sited out of the way of winter winds and provided with some protection such as snow or straw. If plants look tattered in early spring, cut them back to the ground. The new foliage will quickly fill back in.

Other Attributes:
Groundcover Dries well
Long season interest
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