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Carex lurida

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

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, loam, clay, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: June, July

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green

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

Additional Tags: attracts birds, clumping, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant

Carex lurida (shallow sedge)
  • Carex lurida (shallow sedge)
  • Carex lurida (shallow sedge)
  • Carex lurida (shallow sedge)
  • Carex lurida (shallow sedge)

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Description

Carex lurida

Also known as:

shallow sedge

,

lurid sedge

,

sallow sedge

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Carex lurida is an attractive sedge with light-green foliage and an arching, clumping form. The leaves are erect to gently arching, and grow up to a height of 2'. The flowering culms can extend another foot above the foliage. The flowering spikelets are attractive and conspicuous, and are shaped like a spiked, elongated thimble.

Cultivation

Shallow sedge almost exclusively occurs in wetlands. It is well adapted to mucky soil and is typically found growing in boggy areas, wet ditches, and along pond and stream margins. It is quick to establish and performs well in rich soil as well as in disturbed sites. It can withstand regular inundation, occasional periods of standing water, and is one of the most ornamental sedges for use in rain gardens. Clumps will slowly expand by means of short rhizomes. The root system is fibrous and dense, making this species a favorite option for soil stabilization and erosion control. The preference is full, to part-sun. Zones 4-9

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by clump division.

Additional Notes

The seeds are very attractive to many species of wetland birds. Very deer resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, 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 lurida shallow sedge