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Carex pseudocyperus (Sedge Hop)

Cypress-like Sedge, Cypresslike Sedge, Sedge Hop, Gray Sedge

Carex pseudocyperus, Cypress-like Sedge, Cypresslike Sedge, Sedge Hop, Gray Sedge, Ornamental grasses, Ornamental grass, Decorative grasses, grasses, perennial grasses

Carex pseudocyperus (Sedge Hop) is a tuft-forming, slowly-spreading perennial boasting bright green grassy leaves 2-3 ft. long (60-90 cm). In summer, decorative dark green spikelets appear among the foliage and hang from long stems above the foliage. This moisture-loving plant is an excellent choice as a marginal or bog plant.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 2 ft. wide (60 cm). Will slowly spread by rhizomes and self-seeding.
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade in moisture-retentive soil. Can grow in shallow water, up to 3 in. deep (7 cm).
  • This is a showy accent plant for beds and borders, containers, rain gardens, bog gardens, near ponds and streams where it adds wonderful character and texture to plant combinations.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids.
  • Cut back in the autumn as the foliage fades.
  • Propagate by seed sown in autumn, or by division from mid-spring to early summer.
  • Native to Temp. & Subtropical Northern Hemisphere.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 7
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 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom, United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Minnesota, Midwest, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, 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 lurida (Shallow Sedge)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 7
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 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom, United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Minnesota, Midwest, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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