Carex davalliana - Bath Sedge, Davall's Sedge

Duvall's sedge grows naturally in damp to wet gravelly soil often with full exposure. At a distance it can be confused with Fescue, but up close it is clearly a sedge. In areas with mild wet winters, it can be a beautiful specimen in a container by the front door.

Description: cool season
Foliage - dark green; narrow; 20 cm (8")
Flowers - May-June; 25" (10") in height

Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; moist fertile soil

Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Season of interest: four season, in mild climates

Suggested uses: containers, understory in a woodland garden

Partner with: Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge', Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau', Viola canadensis

Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth once a week) further info

Best time to plant: fall or spring

Native to: wet, open or shaded areas from the lowlands to near timberline of western North America. Refer to the USA Plants Database map to see which provinces and states where it grows in the wild in Canada and the USA.

Recommended spacing between plants: 30-50cm (12-20") why such a difference?

Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) davalliana (da-VAL-lee-an-ah)


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Carex davalliana - Bath Sedge
Carex davalliana
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