Carex Pensylvanica Black Seed Heads - May 2022
Last year, I planted a few Carex Pensylvanica in our backyard (under the Frans Fontain European Hornbeam trees) that I brought home from Northwinds Perennial Farm up in Wisconsin. It doesn't look like I planted anything about these being in the garden last growing season. These were the the pilot plantings of Carex under these trees and they seemed to do fine last year. Carex Pennsylvania can be planted as close as 1' centers where they'll knit together to create a carpet. Mine are planted 10-plus feet apart, so there's, ummm, no 'knitting' going on.
But what *is* going on? A really lovely Spring seed head show. See below for a look at one of these Carex showing off dark colored, almost-black, seed heads with the flush of new Spring growth.