Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)

Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)

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Carex appalachica, also called Appalachian sedge, is a finely textured semi-evergreen native grass that is found in a variety of habitats including dry forests and shaded rocky slopes. Growing to only 18" tall, Carex appalachica's finely textured foliage is unable to support itself, creating a graceful weeping or draping appearance as it grows in small clumps to about 18" wide. Endemic to a variety of climates within the Appalachian chain and north, this sedge can be found in dry shade spots, especially underneath trees, and produces small pale green flowers in early spring.

Like many sedges, Carex appalachica is unpalatable and resistant to deer and rabbits. Its attractive foliage and arching behavior make it an excellent addition to shady spots like underplanting, as well as full sun or drier areas like meadows or slopes in woodland gardens. Foliage is a valuable food source and host for a number of butterfly and moth larvae.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Very Short: under 12"
Sun (6+ hours), Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun), Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun), and Sun to Shade-Wide Tolerance
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Type: Poor, Rocky, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Green
Foliage color: Green
Features: Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Groundcover, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Dry Shade Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, and Drought Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Small Space, Container, Meadow, and Rock Garden

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