Sweeping throughout woodlands, Carex appalachica finds its home under the shady canopy of trees, nestled among tree roots and popping out of woodland debris. This is a clumping Carex, therefore this sedge does not spread rhizomatously through its roots. Carex appalachica prefers well-drained, dry soils and full shade. Their tough leaf blades are not favored by deer or rabbits, allowing them to avoid most mammalian browse. This cool-season sedge looks its best in the spring and fall, with leaves that turn a nice straw-color through the winter. In some regions, such as Kentucky, this plant is listed as a threatened or endangered species.