This foliage plant produces no true flower and is native from the East Coast to the Missippi.
Foliage interest – color/texture
Semi-evergreen, lanceolate leaves are 1-2 inches wide by 8-10 inches long. Showy powder blue to blue-green color. Spreads slowly in clumps to form a lovely textured groundcover.
Habit and growth rate observations
Grows slowly into clumped mound 8-12 inches high by 12-24 inches wide. Tendency to heave with freeze/thaw cycles in winter.
Site preference – soil & light
Moist, well –drained organic soil in deep to part shade. Needs moist conditions to establish; did not take dry shade in evaluator gardens.
Successes and possible drawbacks – how to overcome them
Success with this sedge depends on placement: Amended, well-drained soil, part shade with supplemental watering or irrigation system. Mulch well in fall and prune back in spring. Establishment appeared better if planted in groupings of 3 or 5. Beware: Attractive munching for dogs!
Notes from growers/retailers
After establishment, plant may take drier conditions in shade. Best performance with a hard clipping in spring.
Could pair well with other 12+ inch shade plants such as: Heuchera americana ‘Green Spice’ or Heuchera micrantha ‘Paris’, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost, and ferns like Adiantum pendatum , Dryopteris marginalis, and/or Athyrium felix-femina
Parting SHOT – the overall evaluation results were Poor
Over-winter hardiness issues and slow growth rate overall make this an iffy selection. There are better native sedges to try such as: Carex ‘ Ice Dance’, Carex pennsylnvanica!