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 or medium …
|Soil Type||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Medium, Moist, Wet|
|Sun Exposure||Partial, Shade|
|Height||1' - 2'|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
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 in shaded sites with moist soil, or as edging in a shade garden. 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 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.