Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
[KARE-eks pen-sil-VAN-ih-kah]

Deciduous Perennial in the Cyperaceae Family
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Size Notes Price Availability
38 Flat Field $100.13
Tray of 10 4" pots Field $62.78


Pennsylvania sedge is in the Carex family native to thickets and dry woodland areas in North America.  It is commonly found near oak trees, hence one of its common names "oak sedge".  It grows in loose colonies and has a creeping habit with its reddish-brown roots.


Plant Data

Mature Size 6 - 12 inches tall. 6 - 12 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Partial Shade
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet
Zones 3a - 8b (Usually hardy to -40° F)
Tags Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Full Shade, Grasses, Illinois Native, Medium, Native to North America, Partial Shade, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Wet, Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period May
Flower Color Greenish
Foliage Color

More Info from Experts

Commonly Planted with...

Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) Dales alum root (Heuchera americana 'Dales Strain') Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata) Creeping foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia) Woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) American coral bell, alumroot (Heuchera americana)

Photos of This with...

Biokovo Hardy Geranium, Alumroot 'Electra', Virginia Bluebells,
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We order from a rotating cast of the best nurseries in the Great Lakes region. It looks like we've offered this plant in the past, but the nurseries we're working with this week don't appear to have it in stock at the moment.

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