Marcus, Joseph A.
Carex texensis (Torr.) Bailey
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Texas Sedge, one of the most common sedges in central Texas, is a good turf substitute for dry to moist shade, colonizing densely by rhizomes. Its fine-textured foliage mixes nicely with other small, shade-loving plants like Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana
), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila phacelioides
), and White Avens (Geum canadense
) to create a serene woodland garden. It can be mowed at a high setting.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Not Applicable Bloom Time:
Mar , Apr , May Bloom Notes: Perianth
absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.
AL , AR , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MS , MO , NE , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV , DC Native Distribution:
Much of the eastern US, from New York south to Georgia and west to Oklahoma and Texas Native Habitat:
Sandy woodlands and savannahs, particularly in Post Oak (Quercus stellata
) woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained sands mostly, but adaptable to many soils
Conditions Comments: Likes the moist, sandy soils of Post Oak (Quercus stellata) woodlands. The more moisture it gets, the taller it gets.
BenefitUse Ornamental: A good shade groundcover for naturalizing and landscape restoration, particularly in sandy areas under Post Oaks (Quercus stellata).
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High