Carex plantaginea is a perennial herb of the sedge family with the common name seersucker sedge or plaintainleaf sedge which grows up to 0.9 metres (2 ft 11 in) tall. It grows in meadows and woods from Maine to Georgia.
A North American native that is a perfect addition to a shade garden. Carex plantaginea evergreen habit is ideal for gardens that might experience soil erosion. By retaining its foliage during the winter months, it protects the soil from falling rain and its diffuse root system binds the soil together. This sedge is a great alternative for ornamental grasses which typically require much more sun than your shade garden will allow. Plantain-leaf-Sedge is an excellent option for a shade garden requiring height and a bold texture. It is an upright herbaceous perennial that can reach a height of 2′. Sometimes it will exhibit a purple-red tint on the basal leaves. Can be utilized to hide unsightly “leggy plants”. Evergreen foliage that is comprised of broad leaves about an inch wide and 12″ long. Light to mid-green foliage has prominent veins. Margins are entire and leaf simple, alternate.