Mt Cuba Center
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour

Mt. Cuba is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

An ecological gardening certificate student completes a Native Plants of Fall exam in Mt. Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens.
Ecological Gardening Certificate Learn More Learn More
Program Guide

Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

Wide shot of flowering Amsonia.
Latest Trial: Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region
Trial Garden

Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

Mt. Cuba Center's natural lands pictured at sunset.
Protecting Natural Lands Learn More Learn More
Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.
Gift a Membership Gift Guide Gift Guide

Enjoy unlimited general admission, member discounts, guest passes, and more!

Mt Cuba Center
Back to list

Carex plantaginea

Native Plants

Plantain-Leaf Sedge

3 Photos


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. 

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade, partial-to-full-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
    chartreuse, green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color