Chapter 3. Common Native Grasses of the Northern Midwest
Cool season; Perennial
Characteristics: 6–12”; mound; foliage yellow-green to forest green; flowers brown to yellow
Growing Conditions: average to dry soils; full sun to heavy shade; drought tolerant; hardy zones 3–8
This fine-textured sedge grows in a variety of sites, including dry shade. It can be used as a ground cover in landscaping situations, on steep slopes, and on other tough sites.
Currently, no nativars are available, but the species is widely available at garden centers.
While no records of Lepidoptera feeding or using Pennsylvania sedge were found in a search of the literature, there are records of Lepidoptera using sun sedge (Carex inops subsp. heliophila), which is closely related. Sun sedge occurs in dry prairie, whereas Pennsylvania sedge occurs in wooded areas. Lepidoptera that use sun sedge are Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae), Dun skipper (Euphyes vestris), Assiniboia skipper (Hesperia assiniboia), and Garita skipperling (Oarisma garita).
A cultivar of a native plant.
The order that includes butterflies and moths.