Carex plantaginea (Plantainleaf Sedge)

Carex plantaginea (Plantainleaf Sedge)

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Carex plantaginea, also called plantainleaf sedge for its resemblance to plantain weed, is a shade-loving perennial sedge native to rich woodland environments throughout eastern North America. While the species is relatively low growing, this sedge's broad foliage spreads slowly in small clumps to about a foot wide. Somewhat evergreen, wide foliage also makes it an excellent choice to break up areas with lighter colors or thin foliage.

Although individual clumps grow to one or two feet tall, plantainleaf sedge also produces small, upright, brown and yellow flower spikes that bloom in late spring to early summer, rising about a foot from the base of the plant. Its low profile and slow-spreading nature also make it a great choice for naturalizing in woodlands, underplanting among larger shrubs, and for growing in containers.

Straight Species, Native to U.S., and Native to Maryland
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Semi-evergreen and Evergreen
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter and Average
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: White and Green
Foliage color: Green
Features: Fall Color, Winter Interest, and Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Rain Garden, and Small Space

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