Substitutions for Carex pensylvanica

This season, a lot of customers are asking for Carex pensylvanica. It’s been in demand, and we’ve seen it used more and more as a lawn alternative for shady and partially shady areas. It’s so popular, we’re sold out right now. Never fear. If we don’t have what you are looking for, sometimes another plant is just right.

Carex appalachica
Carex appalachica is strikingly similar to Pennsylvania Sedge, but with a clumping habit.

For example, the lovely Carex appalachica looks incredibly similar to Carex pensylvanica. It combines fine texture, delicate seed heads, and a lush look. Carex appalachica does not spread, but forms a neat crown with a tighter look.

Carex rosea
Carex rosea, with delicate foliage and an arching habit. Spreads more slowly than Carex pensylvanica.

Or, Carex rosea, which shares Pennsylvania Sedge’s fine-textured foliage and arching habit. It spreads, but a bit more slowly. It adapts to both dry and wet areas, including the always-tricky dry shade. It’s also known as Curly Wood Sedge.

Carex cherokeensis
Carex cherokeensis will spread and form a ground cover, with a coarser texture and rangier look than Pennsylvania Sedge.

Another possibility? Carex cherokeensis. Its profile is a little larger and rangier, and the leaf blade a little wider than Pennsylvania Sedge. Cherokee Sedge spreads, creating a lush ground cover.

Even though there are differences between these selections and Pennsylvania Sedge, perhaps one will suit your purposes.

For complete plant profiles, click on the plant names above. You’ll find photos, description, features, growing tips, and landscape info.

If you’re ever in need of a plant we don’t have, we’re happy to suggest substitutions. We want you to be able to get your job done. Please email or call our Sales Team at 800-203-8590 for more information or to place an order.

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