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Native alternative(s) for Carex glaucescens:
Carex grayi Gray’s Sedge
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Magnolia virginiana Magnolia virginiana
Itea virginica Itea virginica
Hibiscus moscheutos Hibiscus moscheutos

Southern Waxy Sedge Carex glaucescens

Description

Carex glaucescens, an attractive sedge native to North America, in the Cyperaceae family, is found along pond or stream margins, in bogs, swamps, ditches, wet meadows, and in seasonally wet areas.  Brown pendulous, pistillate spikes bloom late spring to early summer with yellowish, smooth glaucous fruits developing in late summer.  While the fruits are not widely eaten by wildlife, this erect, spreading grass, which matures to a height of 5 feet, is occasionally used for cover.

When used in landscaping and due to the high moisture needs of this native sedge, it should be planted in light shade in a consistently moist area.  In a rain garden or at the edge of a pond, place this plant approximately 2 feet apart. To propagate, divide the rootball or collect seeds from seedheads that have dried on the plant.

Seasons of Interest:

    Flower: Spring  Seeds: Summer

Wildlife Value:  Cover plant.

 

 

 

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#partial shade#rain garden#sedge#cover plant#boggy#waxy#shelter#seedheads#riparian#wetlands#wet sites#cpp#NC native#ponds#native garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#partial shade#rain garden#sedge#cover plant#boggy#waxy#shelter#seedheads#riparian#wetlands#wet sites#cpp#NC native#ponds#native garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carex
    Species:
    glaucescens
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. U.S.A. to Texas
    Wildlife Value:
    While the fruits are not widely eaten by wildlife, occasionally used for cover.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Brown pendulous, pistillate spikes bloom late spring to early summer with yellowish, smooth glaucous fruits developing in late summer.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil