Muskingum sedge

Carex muskingumensis | Also known as: palm sedge, Palm branch sedge, Palm leaf sedge, Umbrella flat sedge | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Muskingum sedge creates moth action in the dark

Carex muskingumensis or Muskingum sedge is a dainty-looking sedge that adds a touch of carefree elegance to your garden design. The vivid green leaves arch gracefully, suspended on upright stems, while understated attractive golden-brown flowers bloom in late spring. Muskingum sedge likes moist to wet soil, ideally loam or clay, and can be grown in full sunlight as well as partial shade. This is a pretty water plant for growing near the likes of streams or ponds and is ideal for a bog garden. However, providing it is kept well-watered, this sedge also adds a great dash of colour to rock gardens and borders and is a lively groundcover or patio pot plant.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.75
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • Brown
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
  • water feature
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Aquatic & semiaquatic plants
  • Semiaquatic plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Pond plants
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Pond
Garden spaces
  • Cut flowers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years