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Sedge Carex

Growing Sedge: Tips at a Glance

Carex is the most popular sedge: It's a hardy lawn substitute, adds texture in a planter, and brightens a dark corner. Sedges have sharp edges; wear gloves.

  • Type Grassy
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 5-9
  • Light Thrives in shade
  • Water Moist soil
  • Foliage Copper, green, blue
  • Where to Plant Edge a path
  • Design Tip Black sedge (C. nigra)
  • Companions Hosta, fescue

Sedge: A Field Guide

Carex is the most popular sedge, because of its versatility: It’s a hardy lawn substitute, adds texture in a planter, and brightens a dark corner in a landscape.

Though thousands of sedges populate the Cyperaceae family, Carex is the only genus designated “true sedge.” Another truism: “Sedges have edges,” so garden with gloves when you handle these sharp-bladed plants.

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