Carex amphibola is an adaptable sedge that grows with an ornamental, fountain-shaped form in compact mounds. Bunching habit. Shiny, narrow green foliage is often semi-evergreen. Green scaly flower spikes with male spikelets appearing above female spikelets. Thrives in shaded sites with moist soil. Will tolerate full sun with consistent moisture. May self-seed but not aggressively.
Carex are larval host to skipper butterflies, attract butterflies and feed turtles. Who wouldn’t want a turtle in their garden? 😊
Height: 1-1.5 ft.
Spread: 1-1.5 ft.
Bloom time: March to June
Sun: part shade to full shade
Water: medium to wet
According to Rutgers University, Carex are “rarely damaged” by deer.
Uses: ground cover, lawn replacement (light foot traffic)
“Sedges have edges, rushes are round, grasses are hollow, straight to the ground.”
photo credit: North Creek Nurseries