Carex appalachia

Carex appalachia


Carex appalachica, commonly called Appalachian sedge, is a shade-loving perennial with soft, delicate, arching, semi-evergreen leaves. It typically grows in a clump to 8" tall. It is semi-evergreen in moderately cold winter climates. Plants are monoecious (spikelets of male flowers above female flowers). Staminate scales are green often tinged with reddish-purple with white margins. Pistillate scales are dark brown to purplish black with green midribs and white margins. Female flowers are followed by tiny fruits (achenes) enclosed in sac-like bracts (perigynia).



Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers loose loam in dry soils in sun-dappled part shade. Most sedges prefer moist to wet soils, but not this one. Plants spread by rhizomes. Plants may self-seed in optimum growing conditions.


Type: Rush or Sedge

Family: Cyperaceae

Zone: 3 to 8

Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet

Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Description: Greenish

Sun: Part shade to full shade

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Insignificant

Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Wet Soil

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