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Ivory Sedge
Carex eburnea

Carex eburnea does best in shady areas and can tolerate a range of soil and moisture conditions. It is primarily found in wooded bluffs of the Minnesota and Mississippi River valleys. This sedge is used in landscape primarily for its foliage, which has soft, fine leaves forming a 6-10" clump.

USDA symbol: CAEB2

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height6 to 12 inches
Light ExposureShade
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorGreen, Brown
Ivory Sedge (Ivory Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex eburnea</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsMay to July
Larval Host ofButterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous butterfly species

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism8
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyBlue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Clay, Cook, Cottonwood, Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Le Sueur, Lyon, Meeker, Mower, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Renville, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Traverse, Wabasha, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands