<i>Carex appalachica</i><br>Appalachian Sedge
<i>Carex appalachica</i><br>Appalachian Sedge

Carex appalachica
Appalachian Sedge

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Appalachian Sedge
Carex appalachica

Carex appalachica is native to the dry woods of eastern North America. Its fine texture and fountaining habit make it a lovely groundcover in dry shady sites, even in the root zone of trees. Its tidy clumping habit makes it a perfect feature in a container, rock or stump, or in a border planting along a walkway.

  • Thrives in partial or full shade
  • Its fine texture adds airy movement in the garden
  • Tenacious roots help prevent erosion
  • Early bloom is a nectar bonus for native insects
  • Seed is plentiful and a delicacy for birds
  • Easy to grow and tolerant of many soil types

Native Range

Wooded slopes and north facing cuts from Maine to the mountains of Georgia.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


Interesting Facts


Sedges are often one of the first plants to appear in areas destroyed by fire, flood or development. They are very important for soil stabilization.




Appalachian sedge can be grown in any shady site and is very tolerant of root competition. Cut back aging foliage in late winter, before spring flowering. Lovely as a single specimen in a container or planted en masse.


Mature Size: 8-10in. Tall x 12-18in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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