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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Carex flaccosperma

Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex flaccosperma

Genus:

Carex

Species Epithet:

flaccosperma

Common Name:

Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Mesic forests, well-drained bottomlands. Rare in NC mountains, common in piedmont & coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

The plant in mid-summer

Garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Carex flaccosperma. You will likely hear them called Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge. This picture shows the The plant in mid-summer of Carex flaccosperma

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/carex-flaccosperma/

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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