- Common Name(s):
- Oak sedge, Pennsylvania sedge, Rush, Sedge
- Groundcover, Native Plants, Perennials
Pennsylvania sedge is native to thickets and dry woodland areas in North America. It is commonly found near oak trees, hence on of its common names "oak sedge". It grows in loose colonies and has a creeping habit with its reddish brown roots. Tolerates heavy shade and wet soils though its ideal location is dry shade. It forms an ideal turf alternative in dry shade areas needing mowing only once or twice a sesaon to maintain a 2" height. Also makes a great underplanting for taller perennials. It is semi-evergreen, dying back under very cold temperatures. Idenfitification of individual sedge (Carex) speices can be difficult.
Smut, rust, and leaf spot, are occasional problems. No serious insect or disease problems.
- Flower Color:
- Delicate, arching, 1/8" wide leaflets, 8-12" long medium green grass-like
- Flowers bloom in May. Plants are monoecious, male flowers appear in spiklets above the female flowers. Inflorescences are at the tip of rough, triangular stems. Staminate scales are green with reddish-purple with white margins. Pistillate scales are dark brown to purple-black with green midribs and white margins.
- prefers dry shade, but can survive in poorly drained soils
- rhizomes, does not grow well from seed
- mountains, piedmont
- United States, Canada
NCCES plant id: 2880