Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Pennsylvania Sedge, High Meadow Sedge, Common Oak Sedge

Pennsylvania Sedge, High Meadow Sedge, Common Oak Sedge

Carex pensylvanica

Dappled sun to light shade, medium to dry moisture level, prefers light textured soils, slightly acidic to neutral pH.  6 – 12 inches height, spreads slowly by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  C(60).  Difficult to grow from seed.

Native Region:  Limited number of counties in Middle and East Tennessee

Cool season.  This sedge has pale green, arching, fine-textured leaves that turn sandy brown in fall.  Forms a lush carpet with time.  Can be a fine groundcover and can be used as a drought-tolerant lawn in shady areas.  Benefits from some afternoon shade and requires a well-drained soil.  Very drought- and shade-tolerant but cannot withstand regular foot traffic.  Attracts birds.


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