Ivory Sedge, Carex eburnea

Ivory Sedge

Carex eburnea

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Bloom Time: Late spring/Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry, Medium
Color: Green
Fragrance: No
Height: 6-12 inches
Spacing: 1 foot

Ivory Sedge, Carex eburnea, also called Bristle-Leaf Sedge, most commonly occurs in crevices of limestone bluffs and is also known to grow in drier sandy soils, particularly on limestone outcroppings and glades. This sedge is grown in the landscape for its foliage effect. Soft, thread-like, green leaves form a spherical, porcupine-like clump to 6-10” tall and as wide. Whitish-green flowers on spikes in spring are insignificant. Other common names for this sedge include ivory sedge and ebony sedge.

Grow in medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Thrives in soils that receive consistent moisture, but also will grow in drier sandy or rocky soils. Plants spread slowly by rhizomes over time, sometimes forming large colonies in optimum conditions in the wild.

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Good selection for rock gardens.
  Cut foliage to the ground and remove in late winter.
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