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Carex granularis (Limestone meadow sedge)
Smith, R.W.

Carex granularis

Carex granularis Muhl. ex Willd.

Limestone Meadow Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex granularis var. granularis, Carex granularis var. haleana, Carex granularis var. recta, Carex haleana, Carex rectior, Carex shriveri

USDA Symbol: CAGR3

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

Pale, glaucous leaves in a rosette with fruit like a small corncob. Adaptable to difficult soils. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS , ON
Native Habitat: Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Clay

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


Record Modified: 2015-03-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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