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Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
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Carex Appalachian: An ideal Sedge for the Eastern Zones
Carex Appalachica and its Characteristics
The very pleasant-looking Carex Appalachica is a perennial sedge that grows primarily in parts of Eastern North America. This sedge is found as far north as the Canadian provinces of Montreal and Quebec and as far south as North Carolina. This plant is also called Appalachian sedge, as it is predominantly found along the trails of the Appalachian Mountains ranges. It is grass-like in appearance, and it often grows in clumps. The textural form of its leaves makes it unique. It is very wispy, and many sedges often have broader and sharper leaf formations (the genus name Carex is Latin meaning cutter and derives from the characteristic that most sedges have sharp leaves and stems). Deer and various herbivores often do not like this plant, and it is also pest resistant.
Environments Wherein the Carex Appalachica Flourishes
This sedge grows best in lightly shaded regions such as dry woodlands and dry garden areas. One characteristic of this plant is that it will not tolerate wetness. It only grows to about six inches in height with a 12-18 spread. It blooms every year at about mid-May; its flowers are wispy compared to the leaves’ often clumping appearance, and they provide nectar and a food source for different species of caterpillar. Carex Appalachica, often in nature, is found under hemlock and walnut, maple, and oak trees. It provides a very welcome addition as a border plant to the sides of any worn trail and any mountainous garden region.
What Types of Sedges is Carex Appalachica Most Compatible With?
Carex Appalachica is most compatible with the similar plant Carex Albicans, as the two sedges often thrive in similar climates and soil conditions. There exist approximately 1,500 species of Carex (sedges), and, sometimes, as in the case of Carex Albicans/Carex Appalachica) the two plants are so similar as to need a magnifying glass to identify each. The Appalachian sedge is a hardy plant thriving well in USDA zones 3-7. It is drought-resistant and, as previously mentioned, also deer and pest resistant. Its habit of forming a fountain-like shape and its uniquely textured, intensely green leaf patterns make this sedge very pleasing to the eye. It is particularly well-suited for more temperate climates as well as drier environments.
The Carex Appalachica plant is the perfect addition to any garden scene in a more temperate, drier climate zone. It also looks best around maple trees and oak trees.