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Carex bromoides (common brome sedge)

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Carex bromoides occurs in wet and shady conditions in the eastern half of the United States and adapts well to average soils and full sun in cultivation. Common brome sedge forms a tidy medium-sized clump and features fine-textured, flowing foliage. In April, clouds of small golden flowers are produced with the emerging foliage, adding to the already substantial ornamental value of this sedge. The finished flowers eventually arch over and disappear into the growing foliage. Among its many potential landscape uses, this species could be utilized to great effect in large masses intermingled with other perennials. In this setting it can form a weed-suppressing base layer of a mixed planting. Common brome sedge eventually forms a raised crown, and in full sun, the centers of clumps may begin to thin several years after planting. This issue is easily remedied by lifting and dividing the plant in spring or fall.


  • Rating
    4.6/4.3 (Shade/Sun) Top Performer 
  • Common Name
    common brome sedge  
  • Size
    16” x 33” 
  • Growth habit
  • Texture
  • Winter foliage
  • Mowing rating
    2.1/2.3 (shade/sun)