Carex lacustris

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Sedges, Wetland Grasses

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

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: average, poor, clay

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: bog plant, clumping, colonizing, mat-forming, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, wetland plant

Carex lacustris (hairy sedge)
  • Carex lacustris (hairy sedge)
  • Carex lacustris (hairy sedge)
  • Carex lacustris (hairy sedge)
  • Carex lacustris (hairy sedge)

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Description

Carex lacustris

Also known as:

hairy sedge

,

lakebank sedge

,

lake sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Carex riparia var. lacustris

Description

Carex lacustris is one of our largest native sedges, and grows to a height of 2' to 4'. The leaves are up to 3/4" wide, green to blue-green, arching while sometimes flopping mid-length.

Cultivation

Carex lacustris is a sod-forming, grass-like plant adapted to constant moisture and grows on the water's edge, or in shallow water. It will tolerate poor, oxygen starved environments, including heavy muck, clay, and sandy soils. The root system forms dense fibrous mats, making the species a good choice for erosion control, and stream bank stabilization. It prefers full sun, but is tolerant of open shade. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division.

Additional Notes

Provides food and shelter for small mammals and birds.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CT, DC, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: MD, TN

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 lacustris hairy sedge