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          Carex plantaginea (Plantainleaf sedge)
          Wasowski, Sally and Andy

          Carex plantaginea

          Carex plantaginea Lam.

          Plantainleaf Sedge, Plantain-leaf Sedge

          Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

          Synonym(s):

          USDA Symbol: CAPL4

          USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

          A 1-2 ft. sedge; the plant strongly tinged with red-purple at the base and on the sheaths. The evergreen leaves are broad, up to an inch across, and have puckered ribs.

           

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          Plant Characteristics

          Duration: Perennial
          Habit: Grass/Grass-like
          Root Type: Fibrous
          Leaf Retention: Evergreen
          Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
          Leaf Complexity: Simple
          Leaf Shape: Linear
          Leaf Venation: Parallel
          Leaf Margin: Entire
          Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
          Inflorescence: Spike
          Flower:
          Fruit:
          Size Class: 1-3 ft.

          Bloom Information

          Bloom Color: Not Applicable
          Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
          Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.

          Distribution

          USA: AL , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
          Canada: NB , NS , QC
          Native Distribution: N.B. to s.e. Man, s. to CT, PA, n.e. IL & e. IA; also s. in uplands to GA & AL
          Native Habitat: Moist, rich woods

          Growing Conditions

          Light Requirement: Shade
          Soil Moisture: Moist
          Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
          Conditions Comments: Not Available

          Propagation

          Description: Divide established clumps.
          Seed Collection: Not Available
          Seed Treatment: Not Available
          Commercially Avail: yes

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          May 05, 2009
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          From the National Organizations Directory

          According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

          North American Native Plant Society - Etobicoke, ON
          Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

          Additional resources

          USDA: Find Carex plantaginea in USDA Plants
          FNA: Find Carex plantaginea in the Flora of North America (if available)
          Google: Search Google for Carex plantaginea

          Metadata

          Record Modified: 2012-12-07
          Research By: TWC Staff

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