Long's Sedge

picture of Long's sedgeCarex longii

Family:
Cyperaceae

Lifecycle:
Perennial

Native or Introduced:
Native

Nutrient Removal Rating:
Medium

Wildlife Value:
Low

image of Long's sedge or Carex longiiInvasiveness:
Low

Rooted or Floating:
Rooted

Site Requirements:
Full sun

Maximum Water Depth:
3 inches

Plant Description:
Long’s sedge is a clumping perennial grass that can grow to be 48 inches tall. Vegetative stems produce small numbers of leaves that are clustered near the stem tips. Leaf sheathes are distinctively veined.

Inflorescences are semi-upright and typically open. They are blunt rounded in shape. When young, flowering structures are green, but they turn brown with age. Fruiting occurs from summer to fall.

Long’s sedge grows in sandy soils that are wet at least on a seasonal basis. Typically this plant is found in wet fields or thickets, ditches, pond edges, and sometimes bogs.

Sources

  • Flora of North America (see link below)

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