Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge' - PALM SEDGE 'LITTLE MIDGE' (dwarf & unique)

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Miniature version of native Palm Sedge that organizes it's leaves in unusual geometric pattern (visible from the above, reminding of green honeycombs).

Very adaptable to soil and light conditions.

Top performer in Mt. Cuba Carex trials, where it gained 4.3 points (out of five) in sun trials) and 4.2 points in the shade trials.

Blooming time: this form usually doesn't bloom

Size: 8-10” tall and wide, in time clumps get wider a bit

USDA zones: 3 to 9

Culture: full sun, half shade, dappled shade, shade. Adaptable to various soil types, including clay. Appreciates some organic matter. Average moisture (medium), medium-moist to moist/wet. Tolerant to heat, humidity and some drought.

Moisture Needs: adaptable - from average to moist, moist/wet. Tolerates drier shade.

Origin: Selected in Pennsylvania by horticulturalist Norm Hooven (Limerock Nursery in Port Matilda). The species of Carex muskingumensis is native to central and upper Midwest, where can be found in floodplains or moist lowland woods, see the USDA distribution map.

Deer/rabbit resistant: yes / yes

Black walnut tolerance: yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: hosts caterpillars of several moths, skippers, and butterflies, many species of grasshoppers and bugs.

Attracts Hummingbirds / Other bird and wildlife support: no

Pot Size: square 3.5" x 4" perennial pot

Picture copyright: Mt. Cuba

Plant combinations: Since this is smaller plant, the best is to plant it to the front of sunny, half shade or shade bed, or can be used in bigger containers or banks of small ponds (up to the edge where the soil stays wet). Can be universally combined with common sunny perennials for average to moist soils, or up to shade plants.

Looks well with bigger flower or bigger leaves - sun plants - shorter cultivars of Echinacea,shorter Chelone, smaller cultivars of Iris sibirica, shorter Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy), short Monarda, shorter Phlox cultivars, smaller Sanguisorba cultivars etc.

In the shade garden goes well with Bergenia, Brunnera, Dicentra, Epimedium, Hosta, Phlox divaricata, shorter Polygonatum, Primula, Uvularia and native spring ephemerals (Jeffersonia, Mertensia, Sanquinaria, Trillium, etc), spring bulbs and smaller clumping ferns.