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Common Names: Appalachian Sedge

Scientific Name: Carex appalachica


Plant Characteristics

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Size: 4" - 6"
  • Bloom Color: Light Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Summer


Growing Conditions

  • Water Use: Low - Average
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun - Full Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Dry


Plant Info:

Appalachian Sedge is an ideal option for dry, shaded, or otherwise difficult sites.  The leaves are uncommonly fine, so although the blades are 12 to 18 inches long, they cannot support themselves.  This creates a lovely “weeping” appearance that readily undulates with the slightest breeze.  It grows in dense tufts with a mound height of about 6 inches.  In early spring, tiny flowering stalks shoot beyond the foliage with little starbursts of light green blooms. These plants grow slowly but steadily to form attractive colonies. Carex appalachica requires a well-drained, dry site.  It is surprisingly accommodating in regards to sun conditions, though: it will flourish in partial sun and does particularly well in full shade. Full sun sites that get a bit more moisture may also support this attractive sedge.

Appalachian Sedge

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