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Creeping Sedge

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This sedge presents attractive blue-green foliage, and typically grows in a dense, rounded clump, creeping over time; an excellent choice as a highlight plant for a shade or water garden; moisture loving and needs to be constantly wet or moist to thrive

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 inches
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Carex
Species:
laxiculmis
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Fall Color:
brown
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Spreading Sedge
Branching:
herbaceous

Ornamental Features

Creeping Sedge is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. Its attractive grassy leaves emerge light green in spring, turning bluish-green in color. The foliage often turns brown in fall. The tan seed heads are carried on plumes in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Creeping Sedge is an herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Creeping Sedge will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Creeping Sedge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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