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Carex platyphylla

Broadleaf Sedge, Silver Sedge

Scientific Name:

Carex platyphylla

Genus:

Carex

Species Epithet:

platyphylla

Common Name:

Broadleaf Sedge, Silver Sedge

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Rich cove forests, mostly over mafic or calcareous rock. Uncommon in NC mountains and coastal plain.

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:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Bluish leaves.

Emerging male spikelets in early April

Garden in Orange County, NC

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Emerging female spikelets in early April

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Many flower spikelets in April

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The sedge in mid summer

Garden in Orange County, NC

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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-platyphylla/

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

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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