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Carex plantaginea (Plantain-Leaf Sedge)

Plantainleaf Sedge, Plantain-leaf Sedge, Seersucker Sedge, Carex Plantain


Carex plantaginea (Plantain-Leaf Sedge) is a low-growing, evergreen perennial grass forming a dense clump of broad, bright green arching leaves, 12 in. long (30 cm), adorned with puckered ribs. The blades emerge from leaf sheaths that have a unique deep wine-red color. In spring, showy flower spikes of purple-brown subtle flowers rise above the foliage. Plantain-Leaf Sedge Sedge, also known as Seersucker Sedge, is rhizomatous and spreads to form an attractive colony from short underground rhizomes. It is a valuable groundcover for shady areas that will adapt to difficult dry shaded sites. It can be used to underplant shrubs and perennials, looks striking when used as an edger, and is excellent for erosion control. Plantain-Leaf Sedge Sedge is native to woodland slopes, rich deciduous woods, ravines and wooded mountainous sites in much of eastern North America. Easy to grow, low maintenance, tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, the bold foliage of this unique sedge makes it a wonderful textural accent in the woodland garden.

  • Grows up to 8-12 in. tall (20-30 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).
  • Performs best in light to medium shade in neutral to slightly acidic, dry to moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full shade. Some drought tolerance once established.
  • This elegant sedge is perfect as a groundcover. Excellent for naturalized areas, woodlands, native gardens, and shade gardens
  • This sedge attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators, but is deer resistant.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Cut to the ground in late winter before new growth emerges.
  • Propagate by division of established clumps.
  • Native to much of eastern North America, from New Brunswick to Georgia, west to Minnesota and Iowa.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Carex - Sedges
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" – 2' (20cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Carex - Sedges
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" – 2' (20cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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