Choose Sedges with Carex Comparison

Our Sedges Make Sense series continues with a tool for making smart sedge choices. In this series, you’ve learned about sedges for lawn alternatives, containers, meadow and prairie plantings, and rain gardens. Now we open up the series to all the sedges we grow. Stick with us to learn how sedges are growing in popularity and why they make sense for your growing program, green infrastructure projects, and for the ecological landscape market.


Our new catalog arrives soon, and it’s exploding with sedges. Customers have told us they’d like to learn more about Carex, and we’ve responded. To share our knowledge and enthusiasm, we have dedicated our 2017-2018 catalog to sedges.

In the new catalog, we’re offering thirty-five different Carex. You’ll find updated plant descriptions and more photos, but the best part is a new comparison chart. It outlines habit, spreading tendency, foliage texture, and other key characteristics like height and hardiness zone. This side-by-side comparison will help you choose the sedges that best fit your project or growing program.

Need a native sedge that thrives in wet areas and will spread to help keep out weeds? Carex crinita will do the trick, spreading via seed to form colonies. C. cherokeensis fits as well, forming a colony via short rhizomes and reseeding. Or try C. muskingumensis, which also spreads, but has palm-like foliage for a different look. Want a bright pop of color in a shade garden? One of the C. oshimensis EverColor® series will add the right spark.

Find the Carex chart in our upcoming print catalog or download it directly from our website. Either way, you’ll want to have it handy when choosing plants.

Click graphic to download the Carex Comparison Chart


The market for sedges is growing, and sedges make sense if you’re looking to grow, too.

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