Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Eastern Star Sedge

Carex radiata
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Early (Feb - Apr), Mid (May - June)
Main Color:
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
green sedge plant with rock and mulch border in a garden
Elliot Duemler
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High, Wet
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects, Songbirds
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds, Food/Pollinators, Food/Small Animals
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
30
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
30
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
30
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Group together to form a clumping ground cover, especially in areas with moist soils, like low spots near streams or ponds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Needs consistent moisture.
Special Features
Evergreen
Special Usage
Ground Cover, Rainscaping
Basic Description

Dense, clump-forming sedge with yellowish green inflorescences atop triangular stems. Leaves and stem edges are very sharp.

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