Seersucker sedge

Carex plantaginea

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Seersucker sedge (Carex plantaginea)
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Genus:  Carex
Seersucker sedge is an evergreen, spreading sedge with narrow brown-black flowers on 8-inch stems in spring. Its wide, puckered foliage is shiny and bright green, reaching over a foot long. This sedge is native to rich woods of the eastern U.S. and makes a nice edger or accent plant.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Seersucker sedge makes a great texture plant for moist shady places.
Care:  Avoid extremes of dry or wet soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide betwen spring and early summer.
Problems:  Rust, smut, and leaf spot. Aphids are possible.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Hazelnut
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Roadside
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Rushes and Sedges

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