The Main Plant entry for Sedges (Carex)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Sedges.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Flowers: Other: flowers are small and combined into spikes
Underground structures: Rhizome


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Location: Chicago Botanic GardenDate: 2018-08-31
By jmorth
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Location: WoodlandDate: SpringCarex oshimensis blade color and structure
By Jewell
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Location: Woodland gardenDate: Spring prior to dividing in halfFull pot
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Posted by Jewell (South Puget Sound - Zone 7a) on May 12, 2013 1:38 AM

I have kept this plant in pots and in the ground. It is lovely for woodland gardens as well as shady patios. It likes wet feet and does not like to dry out.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 12:39 AM

"Carex is a vast genus of over 1500 species of grassy plants in the family Cyperaceae, commonly known as sedges. Other members of the Cyperaceae family are also called sedges, however those of genus Carex may be called "true" sedges, and it is the most species-rich genus in the family. The study of Carex is known as caricology.

All species of Carex are perennials. They typically have rhizomes, stolons or short rootstocks, but some species grow in tufts (caespitose). The culm – the flower-bearing stalk – is unbranched and usually erect. It is usually distinctly triangular in section.

Most (but not all) sedges are found in wetlands – such as marshes, calcareous fens, bogs and other peatlands, pond and stream banks, riparian zones, and even ditches – where they are often the dominant vegetation."

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