Appalachian Sedge (Carex appalachica) in the Sedges Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Other: flowers are small and combined into spikes
Flower Color: Green
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 13, 2018 2:20 PM

I'll use comments from New Moon Nursery LLC in Bridgeton, New Jersey that grows this species. Its native range is from southeast Ontario & southern Quebec through New England down to northern Georgia, to Kentucky & Tennessee. It grows in dry or mesic forests, or clearings, or shaded rock outcrops. It starts as a clump, but will slowly spread to become a colony. It is a textural phenomenon in having such thin, fine-textured blades for shaded areas that get 12 to 18 inches long and less than 1/8th inch wide. Cut to the ground in late winter. It is deer resistant. Birds and wood turtles eat the seed. The foliage is a host plant for skipper and satyr butterfly caterpillars. It is offered by some eastern native plant nurseries.

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