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.
, DC Canada: AB
, ON Native Distribution:
S. Que. to s. Ont., ND
s. to GA, AR
& WY Native Habitat:
Dry to moist woods
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.