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Carex Crinita- Fringed Sedge

Carex Crinita- Fringed Sedge

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The fringed sedge, otherwise known as the Carex crinita, is a perennial sedge species native to most of the United States and parts of Canada east of the Mississippi River, as well as Texas and Oklahoma. It can typically be identified by its light gr

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Carex Crinita - Fringed Sedge

The Carex Crinita- Fringed Sedge, otherwise known as the Carex Crinita, is a perennial sedge species native to most of the United States and parts of Canada east of the Mississippi River, as well as Texas and Oklahoma. It can typically be identified by its light green color, long leafy culms, and drooping spikelets. This sedge is often easily recognized at a glance because of its odd habit of leaning to one side once fully grown. The three-sided culms appear in groups of three to six leaves, spreading out as they go further up. Each spikelet hangs off the plant from a thin peduncle. The fringed sedge prefers moist or wet soil, often growing in areas near water or in places that regularly flood. Ideal soil conditions include ground made from materials like peat, clay, loam, sand, gravel, and much more, as it can adapt to virtually any conditions.

Carex Crinita- Fringed Sedge can tolerate both full sun exposure and partial shade. Once matured, this plant can grow to be as tall as four inches. It grows to this height reasonably quickly, spreading itself through ingestion by birds, insects, and deer. Swamps, bogs, and wetlands are the most common areas to find this plant, though it can also be seen frequently along riverbanks. In general, so long as a significant amount of fresh water is present, the fringed sedge will likely appear in the area so long as it is native. It is not uncommon to see large numbers of fringed sedge in one area clustered together. The fringed sedge most commonly germinates in large colonies, their fibrous root systems intertwined as a support network to help them entrench in the poor or loose soil. It can also inhabit the same area as other species of plants, including grasses and other sedges, with little issue. Carex Crinita- Fringed Sedge