Pennsylvania Sedge {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

Carex pensylvanica (AKA C. marginata, C. stolonifera, Oak Sedge, Penn Sedge, Yellow Sedge, Early Sedge)
Pronunciation: KARE-eks pen-sil-VAN-ih-kah
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We're convinced Carex pensylvanica is not perfectly named. More suitable might be Water Fountain Grass, but no matter what you call it, Carex pensylvanica is a stop-you-in-your-tracks soft Sedge that seems to sway to the rhythm of the wind. Pennsylvania Sedge shifts with the seasons forming a carpet of peridot green in spring and turning to a sandy-golden tan in autumn.

While most ornamental Sedges grow best in moist or wet soil, Pennsylvania Sedge is an exception to that rule preferring dry soil and even tolerating drought. A low (6-12 inches), clumping perennial, it thrives in dry soil and remains lush while binding the soil with its dense roots making it perfect for erosion control.

With its tough disposition and spreading habit, this native grass makes an excellent semi-evergreen groundcover that elegantly arches to the ground in a regal bow. Fine texture and fountaining clumps make this a lovely underplanting for bolder shade perennials or on its own as a shade lawn.

Because it does well in full sun or shade and it has a restrained spreading fashion, Pennsylvania Sedge plays nicely with other plants. Clusters of brown seed capsules cling high on the stems adding both textural and color interest in addition to a feast for hungry birds.

Given excellent drainage and moderately moist to dry humus-rich soil, this plant will spread moderately fast and relentlessly by rhizomes. Depending on the soil moisture, this Sedge will spread between 3-8 inches per year and when planted in mass, the reddish-brown, thimble-like flowers and fountaining foliage create a gorgeous field-like, almost wild effect.

If you have a large empty canvas that needs low-maintenance filling with guaranteed color and texture, this Sedge is a must have.

Things to Note
Irrigation is recommended for full sun application in southern zones.

Gardener Tips
To use as a turf grass, mow 2-3 times a year, when 3-4 inches tall.
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General information about Carex (Sedge):
Carex, a splendid Sedge, yields graceful arching foliage that bends and bows, creating a lush, green coverage of color like a fresh coat of paint. Often used as a bold accent, for borders and mass plantings, in containers, or as a groundcover in shade and rock gardens, Carex can also be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, and utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on sloping banks.

Carex is wonderful for erosion control, deer and disease resistant, long-lasting and easy to grow. Low-maintenance, non-invasive, and dense to the point of choking out weeds, Carex spreads by rhizomes (slowly in dry soils and moderately fast in wet soils).

An excellent alternative to ivy and Pachysandra, Carex produces small, cream to brown, bottlebrush-like flowers in late spring that are rather insignificant to the plant's ornamental value. Most ornamental sedges grow best in moist or wet soil, however we do offer Pennsylvania Sedge which is an exception to that rule.

As a complete lawn substitute, water feature plant, or simply a container at your front entrance, Carex will give a lush, tropical feeling to your garden.

Gardener Tips
Sedge looks its best when the foliage is cut back in late winter or early spring before new growth occurs.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.

In northern zones, it does best when planted out of the way of winter winds and provided with some protection such as snow or straw.

You simply cannot go wrong pairing a large garden scape of Coreopsis and Carex. Even in potted plantings, the golden blossoms of Coreopsis are a lovely foil to any Sedge.

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02/19/2020 By James Everhart (MD)
Product reviewed: Pennsylvania Sedge {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

Nearly all died. I have acquired C pennsylvanica from several sources. Despite planting as directed, none have done well. Seems finicky compared with other sedges.

02/19/2020 Classy Groundcovers comment:
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They look real swell
10/22/2019 By Anthony Borowiecki (SC)
Product reviewed: Pennsylvania Sedge {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

The sedges arrived in a very secure carton and in very great condition. Uncovered the carton, let the plant acclimate to the great outdoors in partial shade, and planted 'em 2 days later. 1 week later (today) they look fantastic, and I can't wait for them... Read full review >
Nice plants
09/04/2019 By David Trostle (PA)
Product reviewed: Pennsylvania Sedge {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

The plants came quickly. They were healthy. They are in the ground and I can't wait for them to grow together.
Carez Pennsylvania
08/29/2019 By Kevin Bartolomucci (PA)
Product reviewed: Pennsylvania Sedge {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

Plants came well packaged and in great condition. Very fast shipping.
Terrific plants
07/23/2019 By Gardener (VA)
Product reviewed: Pennsylvania Sedge {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

These are beautiful, and like the many other plants I've purchased from Classy Groundcovers, they came in perfect shape, beautifully packed. They really were a problem solver on a steep slope.
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Care: Carex pensylvanica, Care: irrigate in full sun in southern zones, Care: Sedge
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