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
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
Pricing & Availability
Carex lacustrisAlso known as:
Carex riparia var. lacustris
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.
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
Propagate by seed or division.
Provides food and shelter for small mammals and birds.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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
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