Long-beaked sedge - Carex sprengelii
Features: Patricia Hill, author of Design Your Natural Midwest Garden spoke to us in July 2014, and she recommended Long-beaked Sedge. The link below takes you to her page in which she discusses carexes and tree underplantings.
It forms clumps and has an attractive shape and seed heads, low-growing, a great carex to use as a groundcover or matrix for other low growing woodland plants. One of our board members grew this from seed last year, and the young plants had a nice red fall color. Sedges are important ecologically, feeding caterpillars and the seeds feed birds.
Light: Part-shade/ Shade
Soil: Adaptable--moist conditions preferred
Blooms: May, June
Photos: 1. Matt Lavin vai Wikimedia, 2. Midwest Groundcovers
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