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!
|3 thru 8
|Part Shade to Full Shade
|Season(s) of interest
|Height and Spread
|0.5-1ft x 0.5-1ft (15-30cm x 15-30cm)
|Very Small, Yellow and Black
|Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
|Native to Chicago Region. Great turf grass replacement. Used as protection by many migratory waterfowl.
|Location in Lurie Garden
|Southeast Dark Plate