Turf Sedge

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Turf Sedge

Carex spp.
Texas Sedge; Reflexed Sedge; Meadow Sedge; “Scott’s Turf”
6 inches

1 foot
6 inches

1 foot
South-central and eastern U.S.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Shade
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. Nearly evergreen, with a glossy, tousled appearance and a plush texture underfoot. Native sedges superficially resemble turfgrass, but outperform them in dry shaded areas. Mowing and watering typically aren’t needed at all, depending on the species. Planted as a plugs, sedge naturalizes easily, especially in sandy soil. Combine it with small perennials to soften hardscapes and liven up roughs and background native areas. A fairly recent introduction to the local landscape trade, sedge has generated interest as a native and drought-hardy turf substitute. Many local landscapers obtain plugs from Austin nurseries where it is more commonly available under a variety of names. Texas sedge may grow up to 10 inches; Webberville (Meadow) Sedge is an even shorter variety collected near Austin and now rebranded as “turf sedge” (now believed to be a separate species, Carex perdentata.) Don’t confuse the native sedges with purple nutsedge (“nutgrass”), which isn’t closely related.

Maintenance

Can be mowed — on a high setting no lower than 4 inches — to refresh foliage or to crop in spring. It’s also easy enough to cut with scissors where needed.

Features

Plant Type:
Grasses
Size:
6 inches-1' H, 6 inches-1' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Shade, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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