Hardy, eastern North American perennial sedge
Description: Fountain-shaped mounds of narrow, shiny, bright green foliage; white and purple inflorescences emerge in mid-late spring; typically semi-evergreen
Habit: Grows 6-10” high and 12” wide; clump-forming and vigorous; spreads by rhizomes to form large colonies
Culture: Prefers partial to full shade and dry to average, well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: Eastern North America
Attributes: Attracts butterflies; Deer resistant; Drought tolerant; Groundcover; Container plant
Sedges are an immense genus that exists worldwide and many native and introduced species now grow throughout North America. First described in 1792 by French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in Encyclopédie Méthodique: Botanique from flowering specimens sent from Pennsylvania, this sedge has a broad native range from Quebec to Manitoba and south to Georgia and Arkansas. Often found growing near oak trees and in other dry woodlands, this relatively common ornamental species is effective in mass plantings, as a lawn alternative, as a groundcover in borders and on sloped ground, and in containers. Deer avoid this sedge, but it is a host plant for over 30 caterpillar species.