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PlantFiles: Cedar Sedge
Carex planostachys

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: planostachys

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive steadycam3 On Mar 26, 2013, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Cedar sedge is so named for its habit of growing under cedar (juniper species) trees. It also grows in prairies in the shade of taller grasses. It is native to Texas, OK, AR, NM, AZ. I found it growing voluntarily in my garden and moved it near to other clumps in shade near a cedar shrub and in shade of my pergola. It behaves well as a slowly enlarging clump, is suitable for use in dry shade. It is a beautiful green soft to the touch grass but due to its clumping nature is probably not suitable for a lawn grass. It looks great used with other annuals and perennials with a similar low profile.


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

Dripping Springs, Texas

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