Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Eastern Woodland Sedge/Common Wood Sedge

Carex blanda
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Forest, Savanna / Woodland
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)
Elliot Duemler
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects, Songbirds
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds, Food/Pollinators, Food/Small Animals
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

12 to
36
inches

Spread:

12 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
36
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Grow in a woodland garden as a groundcover.
Establishment and Care Instructions
For a more formal look, trim dead foliage before plants leaf out in early spring.
Special Features
Evergreen
Special Usage
Ground Cover, Rainscaping
Basic Description

Low, mounding sedge that is very versatile. Green flower spikes appear in late spring. Wonderful native substitute for Liriope. Birds and small mammals feed on the seeds.

Photo: Elliot Duemler

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