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Long Beaked Sedge

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Long Beaked Sedge is a lovely North American native species selected for its desirable ornamental qualities. It sports fountain-like foliage with narrow, glossy, lime-green leaves. In early spring, unique wheat-like flowers and seeds are held above the foliage on tall slender stems. The flowers add movement and texture to the garden. Mid-summer brings a new flush of growth as it gently naturalizes. Sedge is a wonderful native groundcover perfect for a woodland or shady area. It can also thrive in rich soil in full sun. (Carex sprengelii)
key features
Botanical Name
Carex sprengelii
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
12-36" tall
Bloom Time

Long Beaked Sedge is a semi-evergreen sedge that is native to the northern woodlands of North America. This species was garden-tested by the Mt. Cuba Center as an attractive lawn alternative for the mid-Atlantic region. It will gently spread over time to create a deer-resistant groundcover or edging. Plant Sedge with native Asters, Columbines, Ferns, and woodland wildflowers like Trilliums for a lush naturalized shade garden.

Eastern North America hosts hundreds of Carex species. Though they resemble grasses, they have identifiable features such as triangular stems that help set them apart. Sedges can be found in natural settings from woodlands to wetlands to sandy dunes, so they are highly adaptable in the garden or meadowscape. They are often mass planted for groundcover, as they are low-maintenance and attractive all year round. Plant in clay, sand, or loam where the soil can be kept moist. Once established, Sedge plants will tolerate average soils and some drought. At most, all they need is an optional late winter or early spring trim. After several years the clumps developed a hollow center, but division will help to keep the plants full. Deer, rabbits, and other herbivores will avoid Sedge.