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Carex caroliniana (Carolina sedge)
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Carex caroliniana

Carex caroliniana Schwein.

Carolina Sedge, Carolina Caric Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CACA15

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Flowering time data is for fruiting time.


USA: AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV

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.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-27
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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