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Carex bicknellii (Bicknell's sedge)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Carex bicknellii

Carex bicknellii Britton

Bicknell's Sedge, Prairie Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex bicknellii var. bicknellii, Carex brevior var. crawei

USDA Symbol: CABI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Fruit Type: Achene

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: CT , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , MA , ME , MI , MN , MO , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SD , VT , WI
Canada: MB , ON

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist , Wet

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Carex bicknellii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex bicknellii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex bicknellii


Record Modified: 2012-12-07
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