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|
|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|