Carex pennsylvanica Description
Carex pennsylvanica is a remarkable deer proof, drought tolerant groundcover for shade and a suitable lawn replacement with low maintainance needs!
Many homeowners struggle with growing grass beneath oaks and pines. Mature trees out-compete grasses for water and nutrients. Large, woody roots are often apparent right on the soil surface under oaks, making it difficult to grow. A solution is to use a lawn alternative such as Carex pennsylvanica.
Carex pennsylvanica has slightly arching, fine-textured green blades that spreading slowly to create a lush semi-evergreen carpet growing 8-10" high. Clusters of brown seed capsules appear in spring. Sedges are close relatives of grasses and look a lot like them and can function like a traditional lawn.
Carex pennsylvanica adapts to various soils, including loam, sandy, or acidic rich and thrives in DRY and MOIST SHADE and competition from tree roots. Carex will also grow in full sun, but you'll need to provide some moisture.
Carex pannsylvanica binds the soil with its dense roots making it ideal for shady slopes.
This low maintenance shade groundcover is great for areas where one wants a lawn feel - but growing turf isn't feasible.
This shade loving Ornamental Grass is stunning as an underplanting or edging to Hydrangeas, Hostas, or Hellebores.
Special Features: Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Foliage Interest, Moisture Tolerant, Multi-seasonal Interest, Pest Resistant
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Clay, Normal, Sandy
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- Height x Width:
8-10"" x 12-18""
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Accent, Container, Edging,Erosion Control, Ground Cover, Massing, Rain Garden,Slopes, Small Spaces,Under planting, Waterside, Woodland
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Soil: Average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Prefers drier loose or sandy loam.
Light: Part shade to full shade. Prefers sun-dappled part shade.
Water: Most sedges prefer moist to wet soils, but not this one. Water during hot dry periods.
Spacing: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Fertilizing: Needs little to none. On very poor soil, a light scattering of time release fertilizer in spring should be all that is needed.
Winterizing: No specific care needed.
Maintenance & Pruning: If necessary, it can be cut back in late winter or very early spring before new growth appears.