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Carex texensis

Texas sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Carex texensis (Texas sedge)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Texas Sedge, one of the most common sedges in central Texas, is a good turf substitute for dry to moist shade, colonizing densely by rhizomes. Its fine-textured foliage mixes nicely with other small, shade-loving plants like Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila phacelioides), and White Avens (Geum canadense) to create a serene woodland garden. It can be mowed at a high setting.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Texture: Smooth
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Size Notes: 10-12 inches
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.


USA: AL , AR , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MS , MO , NE , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV , DC
Native Distribution: Much of the eastern US, from New York south to Georgia and west to Oklahoma and Texas
Native Habitat: Sandy woodlands and savannahs, particularly in Post Oak (Quercus stellata) woods.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained sands mostly, but adaptable to many soils
Conditions Comments: Likes the moist, sandy soils of Post Oak (Quercus stellata) woodlands. The more moisture it gets, the taller it gets.


Use Ornamental: A good shade groundcover for naturalizing and landscape restoration, particularly in sandy areas under Post Oaks (Quercus stellata).
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High

Last Update: 2014-07-31