Name: Carex pensylvanica - Oak Sedge
'Bloom Time': May
Soil Condition: Dry, Average
Light: Partial Shade, Shade
Height: 8-12" tall by 24" wide
Native Range: Eastern North America including Long Island
Zone: 3 to 8
Carex pensylvanica is a fine textured, cool season sedge for tough places like under Oak and Pine trees. Plants spread slowly by stolons and rhizomes to make a large colony. This makes it a great lawn substitute under Oaks and Pines or mixed between other plants in a shady garden to keep the weeds down. Tolerates very light foot traffic.
Maintenance: True low maintenance plant, may be mowed to a height of 3", one to three times a year. If doing this, the late winter mowing is the most important.
Benefits: Birds use prior seasons spent foliage as nesting material, deer resistant, juglone tolerant (Black Walnut)
Companion Plants: Quercus species - Oak trees, Pinus strobus - Eastern White Pine, Vaccinium angustifolium - Lowbush Blueberry, Juniperus virginiana - Eastern Red Cedar, Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern, Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple, Eurybia divaricata - White Wood Aster, Phlox divaricata - Woodland Phlox, Tiarella cordifolia - Foamflower
pics: KMS Native Plants LLC