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Pennsylvania Sedge is a native to Canada and the United States and commonly planted for dry shade ground cover or underplanting for shade perennials. This sedge is easy to grow and very low maintenance. Tolerating a fairly wide range of moisture conditions, this sedge is an excellent choice to plant in a rain garden, or for use as a lawn substitute in dry, shaded soils. A bright green during the growing months, this sedge has been known to be semi-evergreen in moderately cold winter climates.
Pennsylvania Sedge grows well in Hardiness Zones 3-8 and grows up to 1' tall, typically in loose colonies with a tendency to creep. Commonly found in areas with oak trees, this species has also gained the name "oak sedge". This sedge does best in partial to full shade and in dry to medium soil conditions, but can tolerate heavy shade and wet soil. This sedge tends to prefer loose loams in dry soils, unlike most sedges which prefer moist to wet soils. Under optimal conditions, this sedge may self-seed, but is otherwise spread by rhizomes. For covering large areas, it is suggested that it may be best to purchase plants, as this species often does not grow well from seed.