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CAREX caryophyllea

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Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX caryophyllea

Plant Common Name

Spring Sedge

Special Notice

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General Description

The spring sedge is mid-sized sedge grown for its evergreen tufts of shaggy, narrow leaves. In mid spring, tall stalks of tan seeds emerge; this is the earliest sedge to flower. It spreads by rhizomes and can reach several feet across. The spring sedge is native to the northeastern United States where it thrives in moist soil in partial to full shade.

Grow the spring sedge in constantly moist, alkaline soil. Do not let it dry out. Trim off any dead foliage in the early spring. With time, this sedge will spread to form a colony. Plant it in groups as a groundcover, or singly as an accent plant where its year-long unusual texture will liven up the shade. It also makes an excellent addition to bog gardens or rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes