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Native Plant of the Week: Rosy Sedge

Family: Cyperaceae

Name: Carex rosea

'Bloom' Time: May

'Flower': Spikelet

Soil Condition: Wet, moist, adaptable

Light: Partial shade, shade

Height: 12" tall by 12"-18" wide

Native Range: Eastern North America including LI

Zone: 4-8

Rosy sedge is fantastic alternative to non-native liriope (Liriope muscari) and mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus). The delicate arching foliage is a great accent texture in a shady spot. It may be used as a substitute or an alternative for oak sedge (Carex pensylvanica) as the habit is very similar.

Maintenance: You may opt to cut back the spent foliage before the new shoots emerge (early spring) but it is not necessary. Leaving the spent foliage will create a natural weed barrier. It is semi-evergreen.

Benefits: Deer resistant. Great lawn substitute for shady spots. Drought tolerant. Tolerates light foot traffic.

Fun Facts: Rosy sedge gets its name from the tiny pink coiled stigmas at the top of its 'flower'. The 'flower' on a sedge is called a perigynia.

Companion Plants: Heuchera americana (coral bells), Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris), Phlox divaricata (woodland phlox), ferns, Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)



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