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Carex plantaginea

Native Plants

Plantain-Leaf Sedge

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Summary

The bold foliage of Carex plantaginea makes it a welcome textural surprise in the woodland garden. Plantain-leaf sedge grows 6-12” tall in part to full shade given moist to average soil. However, it will tolerate that dry, difficult spot in your garden. The almost evergreen foliage of this delightful sedge is bright green with a wrinkled look and purple-brown subtle flowers in May. Plantain-leaf sedge is a clump forming perennial that grows quickly to form an attractive mass which can be divided regularly. This grass-like, tufted groundcover is striking when used as an edger, accent or massed with shade garden staples such as Phlox stolonifera, Tiarella cordifolia, Trillium stamineum, Heuchera americana, and Fothergilla gardenii.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    grasssedge 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    brown 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    chartreuse, green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown