Palm Sedge

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Planting Zones 4-7
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Under 3 Feet
Native Grasses
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Palm Sedge Description

Palm Sedge, Carex Muskingumensis, Mostly Grows In Nevada, But It Thrives Easily Elsewhere With Shaded Swampy Regions

Palm sedge, known as the Carex Muskingumensis, is from the sedge family called Cyperaceae that thrives in the Midwestern United States, ranging from Minnesota to Ohio and south to Kansas and Kentucky. The native Sedge scatters throughout Illinois. While it is relatively common in other areas of the state, it mainly originates from Nevada. Habitats include swamps, wet woodlands along rivers, and sedge meadows. This conservative Sedge usually thrives in shaded or partially shaded swampy regions where some of the original ground flora remains intact. This perennial Sedge forms tufty culms and leaves up to three feet tall. It produces both fertile and infertile shoots, and the latter tend to be leafier.

The culms are light to medium green, with three glabrous angles. Each of the culm's edges is rough-textured toward the apex, but they become smoother at the base. Fertile shoots have about five to ten alternately arranged leaves on each culm, while infertile shoots have eight to twelve leaves. Each leaf positions itself evenly along the length of each culm, and the leaf blades are up to twelve inches long and 3-5 mm. across; they are medium green, glabrous, and widely spreading. Its leaf sheaths are light to medium green and glabrous. The summit of each sheath is concave or V-shaped, where it is membranous underneath.

Palm Sedge-Carex Muskingumensis, Serves As A Food Source For Many Fauna, Ranging From The Larvae Of Winged Insects, Birds, Too Small Mammals

The larvae of several moths, skippers, and butterflies feed on the Sedge's foliage. In the swampy habitats of this Sedge, species of birds feed on the Sedge, including the Mallard duck, wood duck, woodcock, swamp sparrow, and the red-eyed towhee. Some mammals use sedges as a food source to a limited extent. Because the Sedge is quite robust and often forms colonies, it can significantly cover wildlife during the summer.

It makes an excellent plant for lower, wetter parts of the garden with its ability to thrive in boggy sites. It is also perfect for use in retention basins and bio-swales - "Rain Gardens," as commonly referred to, are becoming more popular to mitigate excess rainfall and prevent excessive runoff, improving percolation into the soil. It requires little maintenance, as long as you plant it in a site that doesn't dry out excessively in the summer. Planting in waterlogged soil can be difficult, so we recommend planting these as smaller plugs - They root in quickly. Water well once or twice after planting, and keep weeds removed, and these will begin growing fast.

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It is a perennial grass native to the southeastern United States. It is found in wetland areas and is often used as ornamental. It grows in clumps that usually thrive in April and continue until September, producing sizeable golden-brown seed heads during late summer. Taller than most grasses, this species can reach four to six feet tall. They are a light green color with a golden tinge on the edges.

It is a tall grass with stalks over five feet in height. The plants grow primarily in fields and meadows, thriving in wetlands and high-traffic areas. The plant's roots are deep and can stretch up to ten feet. When the seeds ripen, they are released into the air by wind, passing from one field to another and causing damage to crops. Description Palm sedge appears as a tall green grass with brown spikes on the tops of its leaves. During the summer months, the blades of leaves can appear purple-brown while they turn yellow-green during winters. The grass grows in bunches topped with brown flowers during summers which later develop into brown fruits during winters.

It is a perennial plant with a tufted rhizome. The leaves are flat and linear, usually 12 to 36 inches in length, with the upper surface being dark green and the underside being silvery white. The leaf blades have no leaf stalk. The inflorescence of Palm Sedge is an erect panicle up to 18 inches long. Spikelets are about 1/4 inch long, consisting of 10 to 15 flowers each.

These plants are found in peat, sandy, loam, and rocky areas. They can also be found in wet ditches, marshes, and ponds' edges. This plant is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. It requires water during its growing season but should not be constantly wet.

It is excellent for ground cover. The grass requires full sun and well-drained soil and should be watered regularly. To plant, you must dig a hole in the ground several inches deep and wide enough for the roots to fit into. Place the palm sedge into the hole, cover it with soil, then water it thoroughly.

Height at Maturity: 12-36 inches

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Hardiness Zones: 4–7 

Ship as: Bareroot


To keep this plant healthy, you must fertilize it once per month with a general-purpose fertilizer mixed into the soil. This type of grass requires very little maintenance and looks great. If you live in an area where palmetto grows naturally, you can use its leaves as mulch around other plants to keep them healthy. If this type of grass is unavailable where you live, many other plants growing in similar conditions will work just as well.

It has an unusual appearance. Purchase Palm Sedge because it is used for ornamental purposes around the garden because of its unique look that resembles a palm tree. Its structure looks like a lotus plant when it has just started growing, but it turns into a soft, green color as it matures. This plant spreads by rhizomes (underground stems). 

This hardy plant can protect against wind and erosion in many soil types. It's often planted near water sources to protect the land from flooding or erosion. Without additional care, it grows abundantly in ponds, rivers, shallow marshes, and lakes.

Because this plant is so durable, it's often used for other purposes. It has been used as livestock feed for cattle, swine, and deer for decades. A mature patch can support grazing animals throughout most of the year as fresh shoots emerge until late fall when it goes dormant for winter.

Reviews (1)

  • 5
    Palm Sedge

    Posted by Valerie Graham on Oct 02, 2022

    Great quality and a fantastic selection of plants!

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We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

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