Plantain-leaved Sedge, Seersucker Sedge
Carex plantaginea

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: plantaginea (plan-tuh-JIN-ee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bardstown, Kentucky

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Clinton, New York (2 reports)

Portland, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Zone 4 hardy - I'm a bit confused because of the similiarity between this species and Creeping Broad leaf sedge, which pictures are not available on the web for the green leaf form. The only difference I have noticed is that Seersucker Sedge have wrinkles on it, thus giving it the name. Will grow Sun or shade - fairly new plant for me.