APPALACHIAN SEDGE

Carex appalachia

Appalachian Sedge, Carex appalachia is a gorgeous, exceptionally hardy sedge. It is a native grass-like plant with thin, fine-textured leaf blades. An outstanding choice for use as an attractive grassy ground cover for shade and heavy shade areas. It forms a dense clump of narrow, green, hair-like foliage which looks good all season. This deer resistant grass is best grown in part to full shade in dry soil. It will tolerate a variety of soils. A very versatile plant great for shady gardens, under trees, in containers or even mass planted. It is drought tolerant, low maintenance, native and it hates wet feet.

SPECS: Genus: Carex ; Species: Appalachia; Plant Type: Sedge; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Mesic (middle), Medium Dry, Well Drained; Height: 1′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: May — June; Bloom Color: Green, White; Advantages: Deep root system, Erosion control, Grassland restoration, Lawn alternative, Low maintenance, Pollinator conservation; USDA Zone: 3 — 7; Attracts: Butterflies, Skippers, Songbirds, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Dry soils, Heat & humidity; Plant Community: Wildlife Value: Carex are wind-pollinated but still attractive and beneficial to many species of butterflies, skippers and moths which feed on the leaves. They are excellent an source of food for a variety of birds including both songbirds and waterfowl.;