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Carex texensis

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Description

Texas sedge is a native cool-season sedge in the Cyperaceae family that is found throughout the sandy woodlands and savannas in the southeastern and midwestern United States.  It is clump-forming with medium green leaves that grow to a maximum height of 12 inches.  

Plant it in full sun to partial shade in dry to moist soils.  While it prefers sand, it will grow in a wide variety of soil types. If it is planted in the full sun in the southeast, make sure they have moist soils. This slow grower has long fine-textured foliage and colonizers through rhizomes.  Drought tolerance comes once established and it is very heat tolerant.  In late winter and early spring, it will go dormant and turn a straw color.

Use it as an underplanting under large trees and shrubs where traditional turfs do not work.  It tolerates light foot traffic and makes an excellent shade tolerant lawn alternative and even works in the elusive dry shade. If it will be planted in a high traffic area add stepping stones.  To maintain it as a turfgrass mow it on a high setting a few times a year.  Mass plantings of this sedge look natural in a meadow.  This plant is resistant to browsing by deer.

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Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennials#lawn alternative#NC native#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#naturalized area#understory planting#native sedge#dry soils tolerant#foot traffic tolerant#dry shade#lawn alternative shade
 
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Tags:
#drought tolerant#perennials#lawn alternative#NC native#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#naturalized area#understory planting#native sedge#dry soils tolerant#foot traffic tolerant#dry shade#lawn alternative shade
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carex
    Species:
    texensis
    Family:
    Cyperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    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
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Spiklets of green flowers appear March-May eventually turning brown.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Parallel veined simple alternate leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil