Carex macrocephala Willd. ex Spreng.
Big-head Sedge, Largehead Sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
USDA Symbol: CAMA10
This is a coarse, low, distinctive sedge with 4-12 in. stems rising singly or few together from long, creeping rhizomes. The firm leaves are clustered near the base but often surpass the flowering head in height. The large seedhead is dense and spikelike. Big-head sedge is a perennial plant.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.
DistributionUSA: AK , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Coasts from Lincoln Co., OR to AK
Native Habitat: Sandy, coastal beaches & dunes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sand.
Conditions Comments: Suitable for seaside gardens.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Carex macrocephala in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex macrocephala in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex macrocephala
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff