Carex pensylvanica Oak Sedge



Carex pensylvanica, or Oak Sedge, forms fine textured, deep green, slowly spreading plants with a tough constitution. Carex pensylvanica makes a great ground cover that has a flowing, wave-like form. Oak sedge is semi-evergreen and can provide both food and shelter for small birds.

Carex pensylvanica is native to the eastern and central United States and Canada. Plants are naturally found in upland woods, clearings, oak savannas and upland prairies.

It makes an excellent ground cover for dry, part sun to shady areas. Drought tolerant, once established. Try Carex pensylvanica under trees where lawn grass won't grow.


  • Common Names: Oak Sedge
  • Zones: 4-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers average to moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 6-10
  • Width at Maturity: 10-18
  • Bloom Color: Tan/Brown
  • Bloom Time: Early to midsummer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Drought.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

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