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.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/8. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/15 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

(Zone 7 is by far our largest group of orders, and we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!)


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Already started
    • Zone 8: Already started
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you wish to receive your plants earlier than what's on this schedule, please send us an email after you place the order. Please note that we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays for the safety of the plants in transit.

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.