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Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge)

Muskingum Sedge, Palm Sedge

Carex muskingumensis, Muskingum Sedge, Palm Sedge, Ornamental grasses, Ornamental grass, Decorative grasses, grasses, perennial grasses
Carex muskingumensis, Muskingum Sedge, Palm Sedge, Ornamental grasses, Ornamental grass, Decorative grasses, grasses, perennial grasses
Carex muskingumensis, Muskingum Sedge, Palm Sedge, Ornamental grasses, Ornamental grass, Decorative grasses, grasses, perennial grasses

Resembling small, feathery palms, Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge) is a dense, clump-forming sedge boasting numerous tapering, bright green leaves that radiate from lax stems. In late spring, arching flower spikes appear among the foliage. They turn golden brown when ripe and persist throughout the summer. In the fall, the foliage turns a pretty coppery color before going winter dormant. Native to North America, this moisture-loving plant provides long-lasting interest and is a food source for many bird species. It is an excellent choice for a water garden, wetland garden or as a groundcover.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm). Will slowly spread by rhizomes and self-seeding.
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade in continually moist to wet, fertile soils. Can grow in shallow water, up to 3-4 in. deep (7-10 cm).
  • This is a showy accent plant for beds and borders, containers, rain gardens, bog gardensnear ponds and streams where it adds wonderful character and texture to plant combinations.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Cut to the ground in winter.
  • Propagate by cuttings or seed.
  • Native to North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Cyperaceae
Genus Carex
Common names Sedge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)
Carex flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ (Blue Sedge)
Carex plantaginea (Plantain-Leaf Sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)
Carex tumulicola (Foothill Sedge)
Carex pseudocyperus (Sedge Hop)

Recommended Companion Plants

Anemone canadensis (Meadow Anemone)
Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)
Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead)
Eutrochium purpureum (Sweet-Scented Joe-Pye Weed)
Iris versicolor (Blue Flag)
Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Cyperaceae
Genus Carex
Common names Sedge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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