Carex pensylvanica ~ Pennsylvania Sedge
Carex pensylvanica ~ Pennsylvania Sedge
Carex pensylvanica ~ Pennsylvania Sedge

Pennsylvania Sedge

Carex pensylvanica

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Pennsylvania Sedge is a na t ive shade-loving semi-evergreen  grass with wispy grass-like foliage that is glossy deep green.  Small feathery white staminate spikelets with dark purple scales go up in early spring.  Prefers  partial sun and well-drained soils.  Drought tolerant.


Orn. Grass


N.C and Eastern N. America; GA Native


1' - 1.5'


1’ - 2’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 8


Part Sun Full Shade

Bloom Color: 


Season of Interest: 

Spring,  Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance. It can be planted in near full sun if the soil is consistently moist but will have less color.  Cut foliage to the ground and remove it in late winter.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings,  Borders Woodland Gardens Wildlife Gardens Naturalized Areas, Native Gardens Rock Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Wild Columbine, Goldenstar, Prairie Smoke

IMAGES:  Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, Carex pensylvanica kz1, CC BY-SA 4.0, (2) Photo by sharon_k, photo, (3) Photo by The Plantography Project Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica), (4) Photo by Doug McGrady Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge), Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, CT

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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