Carex crinita

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, emergent, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, semi-deciduous, showy fruit, stream margin plant, wetland plant

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Description

Carex crinita

Also known as:

fringed sedge

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Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex crinita is one of the tallest sedges available. It can grow to a height of 4' when in bloom, although the weight of the maturing seed heads will eventually lead the culms (flowering stems) to gently arch downwards. The leaf blades are about 1/2" across and 12" long, are produced from the base of the plant as well as along the culm, are gently arching and can vary in color from bright green to blue-green depending on exposure. The seed-bearing spikelets of this species are very conspicuous; they are up to 4" long and turn golden brown before they gradually release their achenes.

Cultivation

Fringed sedge is typically found growing along water margins, in low-lying areas and ditches. It is adapted to a variety of soil types with high levels of moisture, and can withstand seasonal or periodic inundation. The preference is full sun, but it will tolerate lower light levels with the exception of full shade. This species will form dense clumps via a fibrous and short rhizomatous root system, and can spread to form large colonies. It has long been recognized as a good choice for stream margin stabilization and erosion control, but has been gaining a lot of of interest for its effectiveness in rain gardens an bioswales. Zones 3-9

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or division.

Additional Notes

Fringed sedge can be considered evergreen in the southern most part of its range, semi-evergreen to deciduous in the north. Both the common name and the specific epithet (crinita, which means with long hairs) are a reference to the species' conspicuous seed-bearing spikelets.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae Sedge family
Genus Carex sedge
Species Carex crinita fringed sedge