Pennsylvania sedge

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
Family Cyperaceae
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​


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