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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Carex laxiculmis

Spreading Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex laxiculmis

Genus:

Carex

Species Epithet:

laxiculmis

Common Name:

Spreading 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:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Var. laxiculmis: Slope or alluvial forests, both acidic and rich. Common in the NC mountains and piedmont, rare in coastal plain;
Var. copulata [= Carex copulata]: Rich, mesic forests of floodplains and slopes. Rare in NC mountains.

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:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

2 varieties in NC. Cultivars available. Makes a good evergreen groundcover.

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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-laxiculmis/

Native Plant Trust’s Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carex/laxiculmis/

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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