Carex stipata Muhl. ex Willd.
Awlfruit sedge, Awl-fruited sedge, Stalk-grain sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
USDA Symbol: CAST5
A slender, bunchgrass-like plant, this perennial sedge grows 2-3 ft. tall, with a cluster of brown seed capsules clinging high on each stem. Leaves are coarse and elongate.
Makes up 25% of the diet of the swamp sparrow (Kershaw)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent.
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Transcontinental Canada, s. to FL, LA, KS & CA
Native Habitat: Low, wet grounds
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Wet soil to standing water.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
Sunshine Farm & Gardens - Renick, WV
Ohio Prairie Nursery - Hiram, OH
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
North American Native Plant Society - Etobicoke, ON
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Carex stipata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex stipata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex stipata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-07-11
Research By: TWC Staff