Carex pensylvanica

Common name: Common Oak Sedge

Native plant

This low growing woodland sedge is commonly found in oak woods and savannas.  When under ideal conditions, it can form loose colonies of small, neat clumps.  Often growing only 8-10" in height, it is a great choice for unmowed paths or replacing a traditional lawn in shaded yards.  


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 1
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Floodplain, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color

Green Yellow

Fall color



Mature height
8 Inches
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
6 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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