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Carex blanda

Eastern woodland sedge, Creek sedge, Common wood sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Carex blanda (Eastern woodland sedge)
Marcus, Joseph A.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Spike , Spikelet
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MN , MS , MO , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , NC , ND , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VT , VA , WV , WI , WY , DC
Canada: MB , ON , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Frequent in moist woods, creek and river terraces, North Central Texas west to the Edwards Plateau. Needs good drainage.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Conditions Comments: Creek sedge is similar to a grass with broad linear foliage. It can be used as an evergreen groundcover or as a specimen plant.


Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High

Last Update: 2009-03-21