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Carex plantaginea Lam.
Plantainleaf sedge, Plantain-leaf sedge
USDA Symbol: capl4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A 1-2 ft. sedge; the plant strongly tinged with red-purple at the base and on the sheaths. The evergreen leaves are broad, up to an inch across, and have puckered ribs.
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Not Applicable Bloom Time:
Mar , Apr , May Bloom Notes: Perianth
absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.
AL , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
N.B. to s.e. Man, s. to CT, PA, n.e. IL & e. IA; also s. in uplands to GA & AL Native Habitat:
Moist, rich woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Divide established clumps.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Groundcover to reduce erosion for shady area in New York
May 05, 2009
We live on a lake with gravelly and clay soils, lots of wind and little sun. I am looking for a native ground cover that will help reduce erosion over some of the steep slopes facing south (under shad...
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
North American Native Plant Society
- Etobicoke, ON
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff