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Palm Sedge
Carex muskingumensis

Palm Sedge <em>Carex muskingumensis</em>
Palm Sedge Carex muskingumensis

Slow spreading, semi evergren sedge. Foliage has tropical appearance and is light green in color. Has good yellow fall color.

This is a running (very slowly) cool season sedge.

Prefers a moist soil in either shade or sun. In sun, moisture must be provided. Will grow in shallow (3-4") water. 

'Little Midge' 10" Dwarf form

'Oehme' 18" variegated form. Leaves are gren with gright yellow margins

'Wachtposten' 3' Upright habit and more drogh tolerant

'Ice Fountains' 24" green leaves with white band fading to light green over the summer. Cold winters improve color for next seasons growth. Improved form of 'Variegata'

Mature Height
2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Plant will flop over in too much shade.

Additional Notes
Makes a good tall groundcover and could be considered as a "tall lawn" substitute under trees and near ponds. Showy plant for pots and water gardens.


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Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
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