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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
Average
Dry
Ecoregion
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Attracts Wildlife
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Host Plant
Tolerance
Urban Environment
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution