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Prairie Sedge is a member of the sedge family, a grasslike plant with triangular stems and inconspicuous flowers.
Prairie Sedge and other members of the Sedge family resemble ornamental grasses, but unlike ornamental grasses, clump-forming sedge prefers shade and moist soil. Like ornamental grasses, Prairie Sedge has colorful arching foliage that is evergreen in warm clients and semi-evergreen in colder areas. Prairie Sedge is native to much of the northern United States but can grow in other areas. It is particularly prevalent in wet meadows, prairie swales, drainage ditches, and bordering lakes and streams.
In landscaping, Prairie Sedge is a useful as a groundcover, an alternative to turf grass and as a matrix into which other plants are layered.
As a groundcover, Prairie Sedge reduces lawn maintenance and protects the topsoil from erosion and drought. As an alternative to turf grass Prairie Sedge also greatly reduces lawn maintenance because it is slower growing than most grasses and needs significantly fewer resources than turf grass thrive. Matrix planting uses a dense layer of low-growing grasses or sedges, such as the Prairie Sedge, as an anchoring base into which other low, herbaceous perennials are added. Together, this layer performs many useful functions including weed suppression, stormwater management, erosion control and wildlife support.
Prairie Sedge is a perennial with a fruiting season in June through July. It grows between 12 to 40 inches in height and in dense clumps. The Prairie Sedge's stems are slender and their color ranges between green and a coppery red. The leaf sheath of the Prairie Sedge is tinted pink, red or purple, and the leaf blade can be either smooth and hairless or rough and sandpapery. The Prairie Sedge's roots are fibrous and thrive in soil that is rich in lime but struggles in acidic soil conditions.
Prairie sedge gets its name due to the fact it can grow well in open fields and prairies. Shady areas are functional as well as part sun. It needs a good mixture to grow the best. Prairie Sedge is referred to as Carex Prairie. Hardy planting zones are 4-9. Growth for this plant can grow up to 30 inches. Needs at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Will grow in some to a dense shade under deciduous shade. With some shade, it will only need 4-8 hours of daylight. This sedge gives homes to small animals like rats and field mice. Plant in your yard for a magnificent landscape. It does well growing in swampy areas.
Prairie Sedge Ships As – Bareroot Plant