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Carex pensylvanica (Common Oak Sedge or Pennsylvania sedge)

Carex pensylvanica (Common Oak Sedge or Pennsylvania sedge)

Regular price $ 195.00
Regular price Sale price $ 195.00
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Do you know how important Carex pensylvanica is to our woodlands? Carex pensylvanica (Oak Sedge or Pennsylvania sedge) is quite possibly the second keystone species next to oaks in the oak woodlands.

Carex pensylvanica deposit mass amounts of organic material in the savanna and woodland ecosystem soils, this spongy organic material hold mass amounts of moisture, water has the highest specific heat of any liquid so it keeps those ground temps very even keel, those even temps and moisture are needed to grow beneficial mycorrhizal fungi, that perfect soil climate and also grows ant larvae. Ants are major players in woodland flower pollination and seed dispersal. Woodland flowers rely on this pollination and dispersal, woodland ecosystems rely on wildflowers, wildflowers rely on oaks providing shelter and shade, oak woodlands rely on ants, ants rely on Carex pensylvanica, Carex penslyvanica rely on oak woodlands, mycorrhizal fungi connect the whole system through intracate networks of nutrient flow, oak woodlands support the planet, humans rely on the planet as our home 😁

The benefits are not lost in landscaping, Carex pensylvanica (Common Oak Sedge) is one of our favorite native sedge for forming ground covers in part shade situations. Planted densely it can form swirling dense mats of lush grass foliage, which looks good enough to sleep on. Use this native sedge between pavers to great effect or in clumps in dappled light in woodland gardens.

  • Sun Exposure Savanna/Woodland
  • Soil Conditions Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
  • Height 6"-8"
  • Flower Color Green
  • Flower Time April-May
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    • hello sir, i am nursery from Belgium, Europe. Do you ship also here to Belgium? We are interrested in carex pensylvatica and other varieties. I want to pay for the shipment also, thank you, grts bart

      Hello!  I am sorry we only ship within a certain region within the United States.  I'm sorry we couldn't help.

    Shipping & Care

    We want to ensure that our customers get what they want, a native backyard oasis. To do that, we need to follow a few simple guidelines and give you some information and pointers to make sure you get your plants delivered in a healthy state.

    As a reminder, you will receive an email to confirm your pickup or shipping window just before the plants are ready. See Order Fulfillment below for seasonal fulfillment windows.


    Choices to Receive Your Plants & Accessories

    • Retail - We only offer shipping & shipping is calculated at check out*
      • We do not offer retail pick up
    • Wholesale - Delivery is customized based on order size and location
    • Wholesale - Pickup is free


    Order Fulfilment - When Your Plants or Other Items Will Be Ready

    We take orders all year long and seed is shipped all year, but we only provide the plants to you in certain fulfillment windows to ensure healthy plants.

    Wholesale Orders

    • Shipped or are Ready For Pick Up As Requested.


    Retail & Website Orders

    • Seed Typically Ships Out Within One Week Of Order All Year Long
    • Typically, single species flats ship when ready, sometimes as soon as early to mid-April (depends on weather) through early-October.
    • Mixed species kits are batched and shipped as indicated on the product page.
    • If a plant order is placed while outside of the plant fulfillment window your plants will be reserved through your payment, however, the order will not be fulfilled and shipped until the following spring. We don't want to provide you plants when they won't be happy during the cold winter months. 
    • Early in the spring and later in the fall certain species may be dormant or partially dormant with brown leaves, however they will return to grow healthy next growing season.
    • Your order may arrive in several different shipments.
    • If certain plants within an order will not be available until a later date, we may choose to hold the full order until all are ready.  In certain circumstances, we may choose to send them in two separate shipments 
    • Fulfillment is always dependent upon plant availability.  We try our best but sometimes plants do not overwinter well and perish.  If a plant is on back order you will receive an email indicating the estimated shipping date.  If we can not provide the plant we will first notify you and give you an option of substitution or a refund of that individual species.
    • Plants are typically only packaged and shipped on Mondays to ensure they do not sit in the harsh delivery facility for extended periods of time over the weekend. You will receive a confirmation email once your delivery has been shipped and to estimate your delivery date.
    • Apparel & accessories are ready typically within one to two weeks. See product page for holiday shipping.

    Where We Ship



          What to Expect When Receiving Your Delivery

          • Your plants will be packaged with the utmost care
          • We will need to cut back certain plants prior to shipping. This seems counter-intuitive, however, the fewer leaves the less water the plants can lose during shipping, resulting in healthier plants for you. This also enables the plants to fit within the protective packaging and shipped safely.



            • Larger plant shipments will look similar to the picture below with a tray of your plants and a cardboard box to protect them during shipping.



            What to Do With Your Plants After  Receiving Your Delivery

            • Unpack your order IMMEDIATELY
            • Inspect for damage and report any issues immediately to
            • Water your plants
            • Install your plants as quickly as possible and water the entire garden area thoroughly
            • If you cannot install your plants immediately
              • Some plants may not be in a container, put them into some kind of a container such as a paper cup with loose soil until installation
              • Make sure each plant is receiving the appropriate amount of light.
              • Continue to water daily each morning and possibly again in the afternoon
              • No additional fertilizer is needed
            How to install native plugs
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            Customer Reviews

            Based on 2 reviews
            Carex pensylvanica in great shape

            I finally got my 50 carex plants in my side yard. All were in great shape - with just the right enough root growth to easily pull out of the plug tray not too root bound. Only one plant was on the tiny side.

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            • hello sir, i am nursery from Belgium, Europe. Do you ship also here to Belgium? We are interrested in carex pensylvatica and other varieties. I want to pay for the shipment also, thank you, grts bart

              Hello!  I am sorry we only ship within a certain region within the United States.  I'm sorry we couldn't help.