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Carex plantaginea

Native Plants

Plantain-Leaf Sedge

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Summary

The bold foliage of plantain-leaf sedge (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. This delightful sedge has semi-evergreen foliage that is bright green and has a wrinkled appearance, and in May it produces spikes of subtle, purple- brown flowers. 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 creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera), foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), twisted trillium (Trillium stamineum), American alumroot (Heuchera americana), and dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii). Zones 3-8. 


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