Mt Cuba Center
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour
HOURS

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
MEMBERSHIP

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

close
Mt Cuba Center
Back to trial Carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Trial Garden

Carex plantaginea (plantain-leaf sedge)

2 Photos


Summary

Carex plantaginea is an easily recognized species that features broad, heavily textured foliage. Although nearly evergreen, by the end of winter the tips of the previous year’s leaves may be browned and desiccated. This tendency could be tempered by siting plants in protected locations away from direct winter sun. Spring cleanup requires minimal effort, and a hard cutback should be avoided, if possible, because C. plantaginea is slow to produce new leaves in spring. Without the previous year’s foliage, it does not completely fill out until late spring or early summer. This species has an exceptionally early bloom time, with dark, spear-like flowering stems emerging from the crown in March. This welcome display mixes well with some of the earliest spring ephemerals. Plantain-leaf sedge was a top performer in shade but plants in full sun failed to thrive and did not complete the four-year evaluation. In the wild, plantain-leaf sedge grows in woodlands through the Appalachian Mountains, New England, and around the Great Lakes.


Details

  • Rating
    4.2/0.0 (Shade/Sun (Did not complete)) Top Performer 
  • Common Name
    plantain-leaf sedge  
  • Size
    13” X 26” 
  • Growth habit
    clumping 
  • Texture
    coarse 
  • Winter foliage
    semi-evergreen 
  • Mowing rating
    1.8/Did not complete (shade/sun)