Sedge (Carex cherokeensis) in the Sedges Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 1 to 1.5 feet
Plant Spread: 1.5 to 2 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Other: flowers are small and combined into spikes
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 15, 2019 10:57 AM

This species is native to eastern Texas & Oklahoma to northern Florida up into Kentucky with some spots in Missouri, the Carolinas, and southern Illinois an& Ohio. It is a slowly spreading clump by short rhizomes. It has fine textured, green blades that are evergreen farther south and semi-evergreen farther north. It bears little wispy spikes sort of whitish or yellowish in late spring that turn brown in seed. This species should not be cut way back in early spring but only be lightly cut back like a hair cut to get rid of brown tips. It does well in part-shade and moist soils, but can be grown in wet soils too, though not growing in standing water. It is offered by some Native plant nurseries as North Creek in southeast Pennsylvania.

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