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Carex eburnea, commonly known as Ivory Sedge, is a delicate and attractive perennial sedge native to North America. It forms dense clumps of narrow, grass-like foliage with a distinctive ivory-white coloration, hence its name. In spring, it produces inconspicuous, greenish-white flower spikes that are borne above the foliage.

This sedge thrives in moist to wet soils and is well-suited for gardens with consistently moist conditions, such as along streams, ponds, or in rain gardens. It can also tolerate average garden soils as long as they are well-drained. Carex eburnea prefers full sun to partial shade and is commonly found in woodland edges, meadows, and wetlands across its native range.

Ecologically, Ivory Sedge provides habitat and cover for various insects and small animals. Its seeds are a food source for birds, making it valuable for wildlife gardens. In landscaping, Carex eburnea is prized for its graceful, arching foliage and its ability to add texture and contrast to garden beds and borders. It works well as a groundcover, in mass plantings, or as an accent plant around water features. By incorporating Ivory Sedge into your garden, you can enjoy its ornamental appeal while supporting local wildlife and promoting ecological balance.

Ivory Sedge - Carex eburnea

  • Zone: 2-7
    Spread: 6-12 inches
    Height: 6-12 inches
    Sun: Full sun to partial shade
    Water: Medium to wet
    Bloom Time: Spring
    Attracts: Birds and beneficial insects

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