A lovely groundcover for dry shady sites, even in the root zone of trees. Carex appalachica grows with an ornamental, fountain-shaped form in mounded tufts. Similar to C. pensylvanica but with a clumping habit rather than a mat-forming habit. Leaves are deep green and unlike many sedges (but also like C. pensylvanica), very fine textured. Starry seed heads are delicate and stunning. Will not brown out in the heat of summer.
Carex are larval hosts to skipper butterflies, attract butterflies and feed turtles. Who wouldn’t want a turtle in their garden?
Spread: 1-1.5 ft.
Bloom time: April, May
Sun: full sun to full shade
According to Rutgers University, Carex are “rarely damaged” by deer. Also rarely damaged by rabbits.
Uses: ground cover, lawn replacement
“Sedges have edges, rushes are round, grasses are hollow, straight to the ground.”
photo credit: Choess