Carex plantaginea is an attractive, clump forming woodland sedge that will perform well in partly shaded moist, humus-rich woods. It can tolerate difficult dry conditions once established. The leaves are broad and semi-evergreen with a striking lime green color and puckered surface and provide a nice textural aspect in a woodland garden. In spring, reddish purple scaly flower spikes are displayed above the foliage – while sedges are not typically planted for their fantastic floral display, the flowers are interesting and usually bloom in early spring around the same time as Cornus mas.
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