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Carex glaucescens

Wax Sedge, Blue Sedge, Southern Waxy Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex glaucescens

Genus:

Carex

Species Epithet:

glaucescens

Common Name:

Wax Sedge, Blue Sedge, Southern Waxy 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.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Blackwater swamps, pocosins, wet pine savannas, seepage bogs, depression ponds, pondcypress savannas, other acid and peaty situations. Rare in NC piedmont, common in coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Showy seedheads mature to silver-blue.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/carex-glaucescens/

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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