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Seersucker sedge

Carex plantaginea

Carex plantaginea

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Sun/shade: Part to full shade

Soil moisture: Dry to medium

Height: 1'

Spread: 1'

Flowering period:

Seersucker sedge’s broad leaves arch playfully in the shade garden, making a lighthearted interlude among the blooms of neighboring flowers. The leaves are much wider than those of most sedges and grasses, and when the plant grows in abundance the effect is quite lush. Seersucker sedge grows in leafy clusters which spread by means of short rhizomes. Though not aggressive, seersucker sedge can be a lovely groundcover if planted densely, adding a unique textural element to the surrounding space. The plant’s clumps enlarge fairly quickly, which allows them to be divided and placed in new locations.

A plant of the forest, seersucker sedge often grows along wooded hillsides and ravines, especially in locations of cool microclimate, such as shady, north-facing slopes. In the garden, seersucker sedge grows in partial to full shade, and prefers consistently moist soil though it can tolerate soil that is moderately dry. A layer of leaf litter around seersucker sedge helps preserve the moist conditions that the plant enjoys. Seersucker sedge works well in both formal and naturalized gardens, and can be utilized as a groundcover or between flowers. The plant’s foliage is evergreen, giving it a continuous presence and aiding in its groundcover capacity.

In terms of wildlife value, woodland sedges like seersucker sedge produce seeds which are consumed by numerous birds, including sparrows, juncos, towhees, cardinals, and turkeys. Seersucker sedge is also a hostplant for skipper butterflies, which are small, fast-flying butterflies with hairy bodies.

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