Carex pensylvanica or Pennsylvania sedge. The Pennsylvania sedge is native to the eastern portion of the United States, including throughout Illinois.
Preferring light-textured soils and growing up to 10 inches tall, this sedge is useful as a ground cover in slightly shaded areas. Plants can be established from seed; however, installing plugs is often most effective. Plants will quickly colonize new areas through spreading rhizomes. Pennsylvania sedge has become a popular no-mow alternative to traditional turf grass lawns!
|Botanical Name||Carex pensylvanica|
|Common Name||Pennsylvania sedge|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Part Shade to Full Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||spring, fall|
|Height and Spread||0.5-1ft x 0.5-1ft (15-30cm x 15-30cm)|
|Flower Color||Very Small, Yellow and Black|
|Attracts Wildlife||Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region. Great turf grass replacement. Used as protection by many migratory waterfowl.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Southeast Dark Plate|