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Carex cherokeensis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
KAIR-eks cher-oh-kee-en-sis
Description

Cherokee Sedge is a native plant in the cypress family that is usually found growing along the edges of woodlands in moist sites from NC south to Florida and west to Texas. It grows 1-2 feet high with a similar spread and is evergreen with 16-inch arching grass-like leaves. The combination of flowers and seed heads in spring add some additional interest. It is a tough plant that is heat, wet soil and deer tolerant.

This sedge prefers partial sun to shade and moist soil but is adaptable to full sun and average garden soils if given some water during dry spells. It slowly increases its clump size over time by rhizomes which makes it a well-behaved sedge to use in perennial gardens. It can be used as a groundcover, for edging, to add a fine airy accent and around ponds, bogs and streams.

Sedges should never be cut down to the ground but only given a light haircut in late winter to early spring to improve the form.

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Tags:
#arching#evergreen#partial shade#perennial#wildlife plant#shade tolerant#sedge#stream banks#edging#NC native#deer resistant#ponds#groundcover#native ornamental grass#larval host plant#native sedge#wet soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#HS302#pollinator garden#various satyr butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#arching#evergreen#partial shade#perennial#wildlife plant#shade tolerant#sedge#stream banks#edging#NC native#deer resistant#ponds#groundcover#native ornamental grass#larval host plant#native sedge#wet soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#HS302#pollinator garden#various satyr butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carex
    Species:
    cherokeensis
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE and central USA
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant. Grasses help provide cover for small critters like toads and nesting material for birds. This plant also supports various Satyr larvae.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    2 inch long wheat-like greenish seed heads in spring to early summer.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Grass-like flower is produced in mid-spring in multiple, drooping pistillate spikes
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Slender green grass-like leaves are arching and 16 inches long by 1/4 inch wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Flexible green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Wet Soil