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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Plant Details

Plant type

Sedge

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry)

Light exposure

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

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils

Habitat

Floodplain, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Green Yellow

Fall color

None

Size

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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