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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Carex pensylvanica

Pennsylvania Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex pensylvanica

Genus:

Carex

Species Epithet:

pensylvanica

Common Name:

Pennsylvania Sedge

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry to moist woodlands and forests, grassy balds, shale barrens, rock outcrops. Common in NC mountains, uncommon in piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Forms colonies and makes a good groundcover. Blooms very early.
The taxonomic status of this plant in NC is currently under study.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

Native Plant Trust’s Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carex/pensylvanica/

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/carex-pensylvanica/

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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