Pennsylvania Sedge

Penn Sedge

Botanical Name: Carex pensylvanica

Height: about 15 cm

Season of Bloom: Spring

Growing Conditions: Light shade. Dryish soil. In the wild, found chiefly under oaks on sandy soil, where if can form lovely undulating lawns, but it adapts well to garden conditions. Fills in by spreading sideways, relatively quickly for a woodland sedge. Evergreen, but older leaves and tips of leaves will brown over winter.

Wildlife Benefits:

Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario source: Yes

Seeds: Sets relatively little seed. Propagate vegetatively.

Remarks: This is the best native plant for a grass-like lawn in light shade.

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