Carex pensylvanica
Pennsylvania sedge

Carex pensylvanica

Carex pensylvanica
Carex pensylvanica
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Carex pensylvanica Lam.
Common name: Pennsylvania sedge
Synonomy: Carex marginata Willd.
Carex pensylvanica Lam. var. glumabunda Peck
Carex pensylvanica Lam. var. marginata (Willd.) Dewey
Carex pensylvanica Lam. var. vespertina L.H. Bailey
Carex stolonifera Schwein.
Group: monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Growth type: graminoid
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6 - 12"
Foliage: leaves long and narrow, 4"-18" long; pale green in spring and summer, tan in fall
Flower: reddish to white with yellow anthers
Flowering time: April - July
Habitat: open, dry sandy soil of light woods
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Carex pensylvanica
Misc. A rhizomatous sedge, occuring in clustered tufts. Provides cover for migratory waterfowl; ducks use as nesting material and cover.