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CAREX PENNSYLVANICA | Pennsylvania Sedge

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Product Description

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex Pennsylvanica) is a low, clumped, grass-like perennial, 6-12 in. high, with a cluster of brown seed capsules clinging high on the stem. Foliage is pale-green in spring and summer, turning sandy-tan in fall.

Sun Exposure               Prairie, Savanna, Woodland
Soil Moisture Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Bloom Time


Bloom Color  
Max Height 8 Inches
Wetland Code UPL
Germ Code  C(60)
Seeds Per Ounce   30,000


It is notoriously difficult to germinate this seed. After years of trying even we do not have a suggested germination treatment for Carex pensylvanica. The plant reproduces in nature more often by underground rhizomes than by seed. To get a solid stand of this sedge that so many desire, we recommend buying a few plants to divide over the years. It will spread between 3"-8" each year depending on the soil moisture of the site.

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: Unknown

Herbal Uses: Unknown

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  1. Purchased These Again This Year

    Posted by Jon on 4th May 2014

    Last year Ion Exchange was very careful to send me plugs that were well-rooted and ready to survive shipping. Those plants survived a very cold winter at 2600 feet elevation in Virginia. They are now many times larger than they were when I planted them a year ago and they have begun to reproduce under ground. I love them! This year I ordered 21 more!