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In the garden: Grass I can live with, from the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

I've successfully destroyed most of my lawn, along with most of the quack grass (although it keeps coming back, horribly). But this Appalachian Sedge looks very nice!

Foolishly, I Googled to find its Zone, only to remember that it's growing happily in Maine already! At the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens! Note to self: Don't let your fingers do the thinking.


When planted in masses or on slopes, the weeping foliage appears to curve, swirl and intermingle in a beautiful display of motion. Carex appalachica makes a great low-maintenance lawn substitute as it will grow under many conditions, as long as it is planted in dry to average soil. Appalachian Sedge does best with some shade, particularly in warmer regions.

It's a "clump grower":

Its tidy clumping habit makes it a perfect feature in a container, rock or stump, or in a border planting along a walkway.

The shot above is, exactly, a border planting along a walkway; I think I prefer -- as I would, being an "English gardener" -- a great tangled mass of swirling, intermingled motion to tidy containers.

Ooh, look at all these stacked up functions! From the same source:

  • Its fine texture adds airy movement in the garden
  • Tenacious roots help prevent erosion
  • Early bloom is a nectar bonus for native insects
  • Seed is plentiful and a delicacy for birds

That besides killing off more lawn. I think we have a winner!

My only concern is where, exactly, to plant it. Ideally, I'd plant some in my front garden, but that's near the sidewalk, so it gets all the winter sand and cruft from plowing. Do I have to worry about that?

Also, I'm sure the nursery would love to sell me clumbs. But will it grow from seed with results in the first year?

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