Woodland Sedge- Carex blanda
Woodland sedge is a perennial standing about one foot tall and 18 inches across. If planted by itself, it spreads across the ground, but if other plants surround it, it has an elegant, upright appearance. This plant is a native of the Eastern United States, and it grows from Canada south to Texas. Woodland sedge's light green hollow stems can grow up to two feet long and are triangular. Up to eight-inch-long lime-green longitudinally-furrowed leaf blades appear along the lower half of each stem. The unusual furrow on this plant makes it attractive for many different uses. This plant's unique leave structure makes it suitable for a showcase plant in many settings. Each plant bears a six-inch fruit at its top with three to four pistillate spikelets. The spikelets appear silvery-white when they first develop before turning brown in the late summer. A leafy bract appears at the bottom of the spikelet, and it can be up to eight inches long. This plant does well in full-to-partial shade, and it will tolerate almost any type of soil. This plant loves moist conditions, but this plant is moderately enduring for short dry periods. In woodland settings, this plant often functions as an understory plant. It performs well in woodland gardens. This fast-growing plant is beautiful to butterflies and songbirds, and deer will not bother it. It can also be used as a groundcover in areas receiving moderate foot traffic. To keep it from spreading, this plant should be cut off after the first hard freeze of the winter. While it is most commonly encountered in woodland settings, it can also be used in prairie settings. Some find it useful along water features to stop erosion. In fact, this plant is useful in many different circumstances.