plantain sedge

Carex plantaginea (plantain sedge) has unusually broad leaves for a sedge, with a red-purple tint near their base. When it blooms seed-like clusters appear at the tip of the plant stalks.

This is a native sedge that is rare within Cook County.

Botanical Name Carex plantaginea
Common Name plantain sedge
Family Cyperaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Part Sun to Full Shade
Season(s) of interest spring, fall, winter
Height and Spread 0.5-1ft x 0.5-1ft (15-30cm x 15-30cm)
Flower Color Minimal Yellow, Black Tipped
Attracts Wildlife Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden East Dark Plate​


Average Flowering Time