Carex muskingumensis 'Little
Midge' - Dwarf Palm Sedge
At about a quarter the size of the straight species (C.
muskingumensis), this very dwarf palm sedge could find
a suitable spot in almost any landscape. Hardly any other
sedge comes close to resembling Carex muskingumensis so
it is great to now have such a small form. Good as a ground
cover and makes a nice "lawn" in moist or irrigated
conditions, and where it will not be walked on.
Dwarf palm sedge is great with small water features and can be planted
directly in shallow water or in bog gardens or bog containers. Also
works well when the soil is irrigated either by nature or sprinkling.
When grown in shade the leaves are darker green than in the picture.
This plant is growing in full hot sun, resulting in a lighter green
colour. The card on the right is credit-card size and is shown for size
Description: cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - green; narrow blade width; 20-30 cm (8-12") tall
Flowers - brown and not showy; June-July; 25-35 cm (10-14")
Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; moist
to wet soil; needs ample water in hot dry locations
Coldest zone: 4, possibly colder
(find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: Juncus
effusus 'Spiralis', Hosta, Bergenia, Pulmonaria, Brunnera, Hellebores,
Molinia caerulea 'Variegata'
Season of interest: June to winter
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth every
week); further info
Recommended plant spacing: 25-45 cm (10-18") why
such a difference?
Native to: the species (C. muskingumensis)
is native to wet areas of north-central North America
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) muskingumensis (mus-king-goo-MEN-sis)
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