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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Carex grayi

Asa Gray's Sedge, Gray's Sedge, Bur Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex grayi

Genus:

Carex

Species Epithet:

grayi

Common Name:

Asa Gray's Sedge, Gray's Sedge, Bur Sedge

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomland forests, tidal swamps. Common in NC piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Fruit spikes round and ornamental. Leaf sheath reddish-purple.

Staminate inflorescence in early May

Garden in Orange County, NC

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Male spikelet with shriveled anthers and female spikelet beneath

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Developing achenes enclosed in a sac (perigynium)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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

Native Plant Trust Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carex/grayi/

Illinois Wildflowers: https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/grasses/plants/gray_sedge.htm

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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