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Carex amphibola (eastern narrow-leaved sedge)

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Carex amphibola, also known as eastern narrow-leaved sedge, is an attractive Carex that just missed the top performer threshold. The primary shortcoming of this species is a floppy habit immediately following its bloom period in mid-May. The plants recover relatively quickly as a new flush of foliage is produced. In summer through fall, this species forms tidy clumps of dark green foliage that would be a great substitute for lily turf (Liriope sp.) Carex amphibola is closely related to several other Carex in the trial and is most similar in appearance to Carex blanda and Carex planispicata. Eastern narrow-leaved sedge can be found in the eastern half of the United States in average to wet soils in both sun and shade.


  • Rating
    4.1/3.9 (Shade/Sun) 
  • Common Name
    eastern narrow-leaved sedge  
  • Size
    17” x 32” 
  • Growth habit
  • Texture
  • Winter foliage
  • Mowing rating
    3.2/3.0 (shade/sun)