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Carex laxiculmis, also known as Creeping sedge, is a low growing, semi-evergreen, shade-loving cool season sedge. Leaves grow to be about 8-12" tall, forming gradual colonies over time via slow rhizomes. Their leaves are wider than most Carex species, and have a blueish green hue. Moist woodlands with bright shade are the perfect habitat for Carex laxiculmis.
Carex laxiculmis is well known for its popular variety– Carex laxiculmis ‘Hopp Bunny’. The straight species of Carex laxiculmis is the same all but in color — it instead of a steely blue shade, it grows vibrant green leaves. This is another clumping variety of Carex, with wide leaves which gracefully arch into a vase-like shape. Carex laxiculmus grows best in deep to partial shade with moist soils, though is surprisingly heat tolerant in dry conditions. Their leaves are a little less than 1” wide, and have a nice winter persistance as an evergreen ground cover. Around May through June, they have a small, feathery flower plume which droop alongside their leaves. As a host plant for butterfly larvae, this is a great alternative to using hostas or liriope.