Grass Carex platyphylla

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Broad pleated blades form a mounding clump of blue-green foliage. Blue Satin Sedge likes moist soil until established, then can tolerate dry conditions such as below deciduous trees. Inconspicuous bloom appears between June and July.

Carex, the most popular genus in the sedge family, is a huge group of more than 1,000 species. Most are clump formers, tend to be compact, and many do very well in shady conditions. They have seen a real revival as “no-mow” alternatives to turf and are excellent, tough perennials.

Though late to emerge in spring, grasses create a striking vertical accent in the summer garden; their flowers add grace to the fall garden, and in winter, they add more interest than almost any other plant. There are many to choose from in our climate.

Photo courtesy of North Creek Nurseries.

 

One of our New England Woodlanders: perennials that are native to New England, nursery propagated, but never collected from the wild; grown in New Hampshire.

Botanical Name
Grass Carex platyphylla
Common Name
Blue Satin Sedge
Bloom
Summer
Color
Inconspicuous
Family
Cyperaceae
Height
8-12"
Hardy to Zone
4
Light
Part Shade/Shade
Spacing
12-18"


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