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SEDGE: Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)
Delicate, arching, semi-evergreen leaves define this native sedge found in much of the Mid-Atlantic Region. In dry shade where lawn maintenance is a challenge, this substitute never needs mowing.

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SEDGE: Carex plantaginea (Plantainleaf Sedge)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
The most ornamental of the woodland sedges, this species, sometimes referred to as Seersucker Sedge, is generally found in rich mountain woodlands. In the garden it can fill many roles, substituting for popular non-native plants and even tolerating difficult dry shaded sites.

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Grasses vs. Sedges

Grasses and sedges are both classified as monocots. These are plants whose seeds have one cotyledon (the part that will grow into embryonic leaves), and which possess flower parts in multiples of three, leaves with parallel veins, and scattered vascular bundles.  While they resemble each other superficially, grasses are members of the Poaceae family and sedges belong to the Cyperaceae family. Continue reading

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Native Sedges for the Home Garden

As local plant sales and nurseries carry more straight species and cultivars of some Mid-Atlantic native grasses, commercial and residential landscapers are beginning to recognize both the ornamental characteristics and value to wildlife of these native plants. Continue reading

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