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Carex cherokeensis

Cherokee sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Carex cherokeensis (Cherokee sedge)
Marcus, Joseph A.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Size Notes: 12-18
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , MO , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Abundant in sandy loam in woodlands in East, Southeast, and North Central Texas. Needs good drainage.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Cherokee Sedge is an evergreen, clumping sedge with attractive pendulous flower/seed stalks in late spring. It is one of the tallest of sedges in this region. It is somewhat drought tolerant, but will fare better with extra water in drier months and thrives in very moist situations. It makes a fine groundcover or a useful low maintenance filler in large gardens. This sedge deserves wider use in gardens.


Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High

Last Update: 2007-01-01