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Grass - Ornamental

Carex muskingumensis

Palm Sedge

Plant Type: Grass - Ornamental
Exposure: Sun Tolerant  Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade  

A dense, clump-forming sedge which is grown for its foliage effect. Produces rigid, erect stems to 20" tall with 8" long, pointed, grass-like, light green leaves radiating from the stem tops. Commonly called palm sedge since the leaves somewhat superficially resemble miniature palm fronds. A Missouri native which is found most often in wooded swamps and on wooded flood plains of rivers. Spread by rhizomes and self-seeding. Insignificant flowers appear in May on terminal spikes which are not showy but are noticeable and of some interest and persist throughout the summer. Foliage promptly turns yellow after frost. Species is named for the Muskingum River in Ohio.





Growth Habit

FILLER (mounded)

Landscape Application:

Mass in moist, lightly shaded areas near ponds or streams.

Carex muskingumensis Plant Care:

Prefers consistently moist, fertile soil but will grow in shallow water. Do not allow to dry out. Cut to ground in winter.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Palm Sedge Merit Awards and Special Collections

Palm Sedge Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest

MIDSEASON (May-June), LATE (July-frost)

Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Soil Moisture Needs

High or consistent soil moisture.

Special Benefits
Ground Cover
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
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