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Mid-Atlantic Regional Reports

Native to Know: Seersucker Sedge

Mid-Atlantic Regional Report

Seersucker sedge blooms. Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

As a fashion statement, seersucker may have come and gone, but for gardeners who appreciate eye-catching foliage, seersucker sedge (Carex plantaginea, Zones 4–8) is always in style. This lovely, lime green sedge is native to the eastern half of North America and is well suited to gardens and landscapes within our region—particularly in the woodland conditions it likes to call home. It usually grows in moist, fertile soil but can adapt well to more difficult conditions too, such as dry soil and shady slopes.

Seersucker sedge in late May. Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

Typically reaching 6 to 12 inches tall, seersucker sedge has an overall mounded form to about 1 foot across. Enjoy a single clump as an interesting accent, grow it in groups as a front-of-the-border filler around taller perennials, or plant it in masses as an easy-care, evergreen ground cover around shrubs and trees. It’s easy to divide,…

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