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Sun Loving Sedge

( Carex pensylvanica )

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Sun Loving Sedge
Pennsylvania Sedge
Cyperaceae
Carex
Carex pensylvanica
Lamarck
MB, ON, QC
Carex marginata
Carex pensylvanica var. glumabunda
Carex pensylvanica var. marginata
Carex pensylvanica var. vespertina
Carex stolonifera
Characteristics

Grass/Sedge

Deciduous

Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Clay, Sand, Loam

Dry, Normal

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Mixedwood Plains

Forest, Woodland, Savannah, Forest Edge, Rocky Bluff

Rooftop Garden (drought tolerant/shallow rooted), Bird, Woodland
Design Considerations

10 cm

30 cm

May - Jul

Green/Brown

No

No

Brown




Yes




Birds

No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

Rhizomatous turf-forming with pale-green arching leaves. Forms ground cover in forest or savannah (oak/pine or sugar maple) Prefers light-textured soils. Resistant to deer grazing. (Ontario Native Plants 2002) This sedge grows well in hardwood forests (containing oak and maple etc.). It has a slight preference for acidic soil. (Flora of North America) It can tend to form ground cover in ideal circumstances. (Wild Flower Centre) Habitat Information: Low growing sedge works as groundcover in dry, shady areas, and does well also in full sun. Leaves fine, seedheads purplish and come up in the spring. Sedges look like grasses, but have trangular rather than round stems in cross section. They are drought tolerant and easy to start from seed. (Johnson, L., The new Ontario Naturalized Garden, 1999)


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