Creek Sedge

Carex amphibola

Carex amphibola, or Creek Sedge, is a highly adaptable sedge with an ornamental, fountain-shaped form. Flowering stems rise above the bright green foliage in late spring. Creek Sedge is a good ground cover choice for shaded sites with moist soil …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Medium, Moist, Wet
Sun Exposure Partial, Shade
Height 1' - 2'
Bloom Color Green
Bloom Time May
Spacing 18"
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Deer Resistant

 Carex amphibola, or Creek Sedge, is a highly adaptable sedge with a low-growing, fountain-shaped form, and flowering stems that rise slightly above the glossy green foliage in late spring. The tidy clumps can be planted as ground cover or an edging in shaded sites with moist soil. When planted in areas with more sun, the soil needs to be consistently moist, as this sedge will tolerate some sun, but does not like dry soil. Found growing in deciduous forests in low moist areas, Creek Sedge is semi-evergreen in milder climates. This deer resistant sedge is a host plant for some skipper butterflies, and the seeds are eaten by turtles.

Creek Sedge is known to flop open after its bloom period in mid-May. Well-sited plants will usually produce a new flush of foliage and recover relatively quickly. It does reseed easily, but not aggressively. New seedlings are often adjacent to the parent plant – a beneficial trait where a ground cover is desired.