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Carex montana

Mountain sedge

Native to Europe and Central Russia


Alkaline soil tolerant, this small decidous species, native to Europe and central Russia, has glossy green foliage and thrives in woodland borders and rockeries.  Spreads quickly to become a low groundcover.  Spikey brown flowers in March to April above plants 4-8" tall.  Hardy to -73F or 23C.


6 in


1 ft


1 ft

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Carex montana Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Pollinators


  • Rock Garden
  • Ground Cover
  • Drought Tolerant


  • Partial Shade

Deer Resistant

  • Deer Resistant

Flowering Months

  • March
  • April

Grass Season

  • Cool Season Grass

Groundcover Foot-Traffic Tolerances

  • Moderate

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Juglans nigra Tolerance (Black Walnut)

  • Yes

Lawn Replacement or Groundcover

  • Groundcover
  • Lawn Replacement

Salt Tolerance

  • High

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry

Plants that work well with Carex montana ''

Creeping foam flower Creeping foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Substitutions for Carex montana

Eastern star sedge Eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)
Long Beaked Sedge Long Beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii)
Pretty sedge, wood's sedge Pretty sedge, wood's sedge (Carex woodii - Sold Out - Pre-Order for 2024)