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Carex pensylvanica

Pensylvania sedge

Pennsylvania sedge supports dozens of butterfly and moth species, a prime lawn alternative for dry shade and moist sun. This short sedge spreads gradually to form a dense mat. Needing neither irrigation nor mowing, it grows quite nicely where traditional turf struggles.

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Height: 6-10 in
Spread: 12-18 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Bloom Color: Non-Flowering

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry
Average
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Urban Environment
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Erosion Control/Soil Stabilization
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


Pensylvania sedge - Carex pensylvanica from Native Plant Trust
Pensylvania sedge - Carex pensylvanica from Native Plant Trust
Pensylvania sedge - Carex pensylvanica from Native Plant Trust
Pensylvania sedge - Carex pensylvanica from Native Plant Trust