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Cherokee Sedge

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Resilient Cherokee Sedge is a native species with gently arching, shiny, dark green foliage and small fuzzy brown flower heads. Typically found along Southeastern woodland edges, it thrives in heat, both shade and sun, and moist soil. Its large, gracefully arching habit looks beautiful as a garden accent, groundcover, matrix planting, and no-mow lawn substitute. Grow this sedge to create habitat for butterflies and wildlife in your yard.
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Botanical Name
Carex cherokeensis
Growing Zones
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Small Spaces, Rain Gardens
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer


Cherokee Sedge (Carex cherokeensis) is native to the southeastern United States, from Missouri and Texas, east to North Carolina, and south to Florida. It is usually found growing along the edges of woodlands in moist sites. This sedge prefers partial sun to shade and moist to wet soil, but is adaptable to full sun and average garden soils if given some water during dry spells. It slowly spreads by rhizomes, so it is a well-behaved sedge for perennial gardens. Do not cut Sedges down to the ground in winter or early spring, due to their slower growth rate; you can give a light trim in early spring to improve the form. Cherokee Sedge was a top pick in Mt. Cuba’s trial of Carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region, highly recommended for home gardens.

This sedge supports wildlife by providing cover for small animals, nesting material for birds, and is a larval host plant for Appalachian Eyed Brown butterflies, Georgia Satyr butterflies, Dion Skipper butterflies, and Dun's Skipper butterflies.

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