Carex pensylvanica Lam.
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Pennsylvania sedge 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.
Rhizomatous turf-forming with pale-green arching leaves. Forms ground cover in forest or savannah (oak/pine or sugar maple) Prefers light-textured soils. Resistant to deer grazing. (Ontario Native
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Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Not Applicable Bloom Time:
May , Jun , Jul Bloom Notes: Perianth
absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.
AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , IA , KY , MD , MA , MI , MN , MO , NH , NJ , NY , NC , ND , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC Canada: AB
, ON Native Distribution:
S. Que. to s. Ont., ND & MT, s. to GA, AR & WY Native Habitat:
Dry to moist woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry to moist soils.
Conditions Comments: This is a fine ground cover, spreading relentlessly by rhizomes. Older patches may be invaded by other plants, probably because of the soil enrichment produced by the sedge.