Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

This short sedge spreads slowly underground to form a groundcover in shady, dry locations. A key component of many oak woodland restorations. A good garden choice for locations where a short, spreading plant is desired.


Sun:    Shade, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium
Height:    8 inches
Blooms:    April, May, June
Color:    Green
Spacing:    8-12″
Zones:    3-7
Benefits:    Groundcover, Pollinators, Birds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

This is one of the msot common groundcovers in pristine forests. Pennsylvania Sedge spreads about 6-9″ per year to form a semi-dense groundcover. In sunny situations, it doesn’t spread as much, and in shady conditions, it can be planted with other shade flowers to create a mixed groundcover.

Companion Plants

Wild Blue Phlox
Short’s Aster
Zig Zag Goldenrod
Wild Geranium