Carex barrattii
Barrett's sedge

Carex barrattii

Carex barrattii
Carex barrattii
Photos courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Carex barrattii
Common name: Barrett's sedge
Group: dicot
Family: Cyperaceae
Growth type: graminoid
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1 to 3 feet  tall, with narrow (2 to 4 mm wide) pale bluish-green leaves that grow from tufts
Flower: Rarely produces flowers, but when it does, they are darkish purple flower spikes
Flowering time: April
Habitat: peaty swamps, pinelands and wet woods
Range in New Jersey: coastal plain
Heritage ranking, if any: S4, LP
Distribution: Carex barrattii
Misc. USDA lists as an obligate wetland species, i.e.,  Occurs almost always (estimated probability 99%) under natural conditions in wetlands.

Named in honor of Joseph Barrattii, 1796-1882.