Sedges may be backup singers in the plant world, but they're beginning to steal the show. These herbaceous perennials are diverse in textures and cultural adaptations. They shine in layered plantings and as alternatives to mulch and traditional lawn, especially in shady conditions. The Southeast has a wealth of native Carex that are well-adapted to our conditions and support pollinators, birds, and small mammals. Awaken your inner sedge head as we bring Carex out of the background and into the spotlight.
Shannon Currey is a horticultural educator and consultant with Izel Native Plants. She began her work life as a social scientist and changed careers to pursue horticulture at North Carolina State University. After school, she worked short stints at a landscape design firm and at Niche Gardens, a pioneering native plant nursery in North Carolina.