General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Other: Slender, grass-like, bright green
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Other: flowers are small and combined into spikes
Flower Color: White
Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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Common names
  • Sun Sedge
  • Yellow Sedge
  • Penn Sedge
  • Early Sedge
  • Sedge
  • Pennsylvania Sedge

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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Rose Tree Park in Media, PA
Date: 2018-06-05
close-up of plants

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2012-11-27
The first year for this plant.

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy

photo courtesy of Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
Location: IL
Date: 2016-04-19
Location: Shade and partial shade areas of hardwoods. 
Date: 2018-06-17
These are 2 primary specimens of grass throughout our hardwoods.
Location: IL
Date: 2012-03-21
Location: Plymouth Nursery, Plymouth, MI
Date: 2010-05-06
Location: Plymouth Nursery, Plymouth, MI
Date: 2010-05-06
Location: Plymouth Nursery, Plymouth, MI
Date: 2010-05-06
Location: Wilmington, DE
Date: 2012-07-31
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2013-02-09
Mature plant in the winter.
Location: Rose Tree Park in Media, PA
Date: 2018-06-05
a small mass in a planting
Location: Rose Tree Park in Media, PA
Date: 2018-06-05
a mass in between Shamrock Inkberry

Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: North Creek Nursery in Landenberg, PA
Date: 2019-06-11
a patch in the landscape demonstration area
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Comments:
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 23, 2014 9:00 AM concerning plant:
    Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica) is native to dry woodland areas in eastern and central North America. Unlike most Sedges that prefer moister soil, it does well in dry shade. It spreads slowly by rhizomes and can be used as a low-maintenance substitute for lawns in dry, shady areas. It also can be used as an attractive, fine-textured ground cover in shady, dry areas of the yard.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2012 12:02 PM concerning plant:
    Pennsylvania Sedge grows in dry to moist woods in the mountains from West Virginia to Alabama and Georgia. It forms soft, grass-like, 15-inch clumps of very narrow, bright green leaves. The clumps spread quickly and are very soft and curling. The plant turns pale brown for the winter.
  • Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Apr 30, 2016 1:52 AM concerning plant:
    A lovely early-blooming sedge. The flowers look like dusty pompoms. Grows well under trees, even right up to the trunk. Very attractive with long, slender leaves that lean down gracefully.

    The clumps get bigger each year, and underground runners shoot out and create new plants a few inches away. Can be divided in spring or fall.
Plant Events from our members
Catmint20906 On April 26, 2015 Bloomed
dnrevel On July 8, 2024 Bloomed
Bloomed, doing well in July 2024 as well.
dnrevel On April 10, 2023 Bloomed
Seed type heads forming, blooms. Beautiful. Greening up and looking healthy and happy!
dnrevel On December 19, 2022 Entered Dormancy
Plants are winter dormant but still retain some green. Are doing well!
dnrevel On June 20, 2022 Bloomed
New plants are doing great in side yard berm. Flowering!
dnrevel On May 2, 2022 Transplanted
Planted flat of Pennsylvania Sedge. Arrived a few days ago in the mail.
dnrevel On April 28, 2022 Obtained plant
Flat of sedge arrived by mail in good condition. Will plant this week.
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