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Carex muskingumensis ‘Little Midge’ (Little Midge Muskingum sedge)

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Introduced by Limerock Nursery in Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, Carex muskingumensis ‘Little Midge’ is one of the most unusual plants in the entire trial. This cultivar is a true miniature that is much smaller than both the species and another trialed cultivar, Carex muskingumensis ‘Oehme’. When viewing from above, the keen observer is greeted with a geometric pattern of foliage that resembles green honeycombs. This selection of Muskingum sedge could be an excellent candidate for container gardens or the front of a garden bed, where its details can be appreciated up close. Carex muskingumensis ‘Little Midge’ performed well in average soils in both the sun and shade of the Trial Garden. No flowers were observed on C. muskingumensis ‘Little Midge’.


  • Rating
    4.3/4.2 (Shade/Sun) Top Performer  
  • Common Name
    Little Midge Muskingum sedge  
  • Size
    13” X 14” 
  • Growth habit
  • Texture
  • Winter foliage
  • Mowing rating
    1.9/1.9 (shade/sun)