Carex muskingumensis -
By most standards, this is one of the best sedges offered.
Palm Sedge is easy to grow, exotic and hardy to Zone 2. The
palm-like texture of the leaves are especially effective when
used with broader leaved plants in the shade garden.
In the arid West, Palm Sedge needs wet feet. It can even
be planted directly in the shallow pond. Also good for growing
in swales and rain gardens.
If you want it to spread quickly (such as for erosion control on shorebanks),
cutting it back by three quarters will force lateral shoots to come
up. This can be done 3 to 4 times during the growing season.
Makes a great "filler" plant or makes a strking stand when planted
in a mass. Brilliant yellow fall colour.
Description: cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - green and narrow; 35-100 cm (14-40") tall
Flowers - brown; attractive June-July; 50-110 cm (20-44")
Ideal conditions: sun or shade; moist to wet soil;
needs ample water in hot dry locations
Coldest zone: 2 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: Hosta, Bergenia, Pulmonaria, Rodgersia,
Polygonatum, Brunnera, Rhododendron, Hellebore
Season of interest: June to winter
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth every
week) further info
Recommended plant spacing: 30-75 cm (12-30") why
such a difference?
Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) muskingumensis (mus-king-goo-MEN-sis)
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