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Carex crinita

Fringed Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex crinita

Genus:

Carex

Species Epithet:

crinita

Common Name:

Fringed Sedge

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamps, wet forests, and a wide range of other wetlands. Carex crinita var. brevicrinis (Short-fringed Sedge) is uncommon in the NC mountains and piedmont, common in the coastal plain; var. crinita (Long-fringed Sedge) is uncommon throughout NC and may also be found in bogs.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

SU: Unrankable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Large clumping sedge, which can form clumps up to 4' across. 2 varieties in NC.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Native Plant Trust’s Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carex/crinita/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php [the 2 varieties are listed separately]



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