Carex praegracilis ~ Clustered Field Sedge
Carex praegracilis grows 8 inches to a foot tall and spreads by runners. I planted this area out by dividing one gallon plants into 6-8 starts each. The Clustered field sedge took about a year to fill in and 18 months to really look full. Carex praegracilis responds well to mowing. Plants require a moderate amount of water compared to other natives but significantly less than a lawn. Carex praegracilis tolerates shade much better than typical lawn grasses and would be good to use in those portions of a lawn just too dark to grow grass. Carex praegracilis is hardy to the low teens before being damaged and likely below if allowed to resprout from the underground runners.
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