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Carex pensylvanica
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Oak Sedge

Carex pensylvanica

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Carex

Sedge

A diverse genus comprised of nearly 1000 species, most Carex originate in the moist habitats of temperate climates. Our graceful selections are easy to grow and promise to soften those hard edges in your garden.

Carex pensylvanica partial shade  shade lover

Wish you had a lush green no-mow carpet that can tackle dry conditions and requires little care? This low growing, fine textured Sedge may be just what you’re looking for. Slowly spreading by reddish brown rhizomes, Carex pensylvanica makes a soft-looking fountain- like ground cover with delicate semievergreen blades plus white-edged purple and brown thimble-like inflorescences. Indigenous to the thickets and oak inhabited woodlands of eastern and central North America, Oak Sedge works great in well-drained shady expanses, such as underneath deciduous trees and large perennials, or as a lawn substitute, where there’s not much foot traffic.

Blooms May

Size: 6"–12" high x 8"–15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Carex pensylvanica (G-0545)
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