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CAREX muskingumensis 'Little Midge'

Image of Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge'

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

CAREX muskingumensis 'Little Midge'

Plant Common Name

Little Midge Palm Sedge, Muskingum Sedge, Palm Sedge

General Description

Native to the Great Lakes region of Central North America, palm sedge bears its bright green grassy leaves in papyrus-like whorls along lax "stems" (properly known as culms). A true dwarf form, 'Little Midge' possesses leaves and culms that are less than half the size of those of most other palm sedges. The leaves become yellow-tinged in full sun. Plants spread slowly by underground rhizomes to form large clumps. Modestly attractive golden brown inflorescences appear at the culm tips in June and persist through the summer.

Muskingum sedge is very tolerant of wet soil, requiring it in full sun. It is an excellent candidate for the pondside or for a partly shaded naturalistic planting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    North-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Gold, Brown

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes