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Carex emoryi (Emory's sedge)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Carex emoryi

Carex emoryi Dewey

Emory's Sedge, Emory Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex stricta var. elongata

USDA Symbol: CAEM2

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 Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Bloom time denotes fruiting period.


USA: AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MD , MI , MN , MO , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , SD , TX , VA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: ON

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet


Use Ornamental: Carex emoryi is valuable for wetland restoration, soil retention and in wet meadows and stormwater projects.
Deer Resistant: High

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 emoryi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex emoryi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex emoryi


Record Modified: 2023-03-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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