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Carex muskingumensis

Palm Sedge

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Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge)

Muskingum Sedge, or Palm Sedge, is a distinctive sedge that has abundant uniquely palm-shaped leaves and large slender flowering spikes. It is a good choice for ground cover in wet locations. Its leaves forms small clumps through its short rhizomes. It naturally occurs in river floodplains as well as bottomland forests, swamps, and sloughs. Mostly absent from the Ozarks. Flowering stems and vegetative stems are roughly the same height. Leaves are green to light green, flowers are usually lightly curved or occasionally erect and are present from May to October.

Additional Information:
Muskingum Sedge is named after the Muskingum River in Ohio.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Green


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Attractive for home landscapes and rain gardens.

Good Companions
Gray's Sedge (Carex grayi), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus), Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Copper Iris (Iris fulva), Water Sedge (Carex aquatilis), Slough Sedge (Carex atherodes)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

OBL

Root

Fibrous
Rhizomes

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

High

Special Uses

Bog
Ground Cover

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun
Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Food/Birds