Carex Intumsecens - Bladder Sedge

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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

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Carex Intumsecens - Bladder Sedge is a spindly, grass-like plant with dark green foliage. It’s delicate, hollow stems stretch from a bushy clump of leaves at the bottom of the plant and are topped with a cluster of whiteish green teardrop-shaped seed sacs. These sacs, or perigynium, point upward or sideways. The perigynium cluster contains one male staminate that can grow up to 2” at the top with the female pistillate sacs below. The Bladder Sedge grows from 1’to 2’ tall with basal leaves that can develop from 3” to 10” long.

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Around the base of the leaves is a sheath that is reddish or purple, while the leaf sheaths are translucent white with a U-shaped opening wrapped loosely around the leaves. Most of the leaves on this plant growing near the base, though the leaves that grow farther up the stem can develop over the top of the cluster. Similar to ornamental grasses, the Carex Intumescent grow in clumps. This particular member of the Sedge family is often mistaken for the Carex Grey, though the Grey perigynium point in all directions. While all Sedges are perennial, grass-like groundcover, the Carex Intumescents are exclusively found in North America. Carex Intumsecens - Bladder Sedge is a native plant in marshy areas in the Eastern United States and Canada, though it is mainly in Hardy Planting Zones 4 through 7 where the soil is either permanently or seasonally saturated.

Forests, wetlands, marshes, and floodplains are natural habitats, though fully shaded or partially shaded areas are more likely to have Bladder Sedge plants.
The active growth occurs in the spring and summer months, and the speed is described as moderate, while the plant itself lives over two years. Carex Intumsecens - Bladder Sedge

Bladder Sedge 

Bladder Sedge, scientific name Carex intumescence, is a perennial grass-like plant from the Cyperaceae family. Featuring tall, pointed spear-shaped stems and tiny flowers, the culms, or hollow stalks, of the Bladder Sedge form clusters of dark green grass throughout woods, fields, and meadows, particularly in wetter soil, in the eastern US and parts of Canada. 


 Each stem of this plant will reach between 1 foot and 2.25 feet high at maturity. The flowers of the Blader Sedge are subtle and green. They are formed of male (staminate) and female (pistillate) spikes extending from the tips of the stems. The longest spike, a staminate spike, grows between 3/8 inch and 2 inches in length. Features smaller pistillate spikes at the base. The pistillate spikes measure up to 1/2 inch long and feature bracts that resemble small leaves. 


 The narrow leaves, 3.5 to 8 milliliters in width, formulate around the base of the Bladder Sedge's stem and shoot upwards to wrap the stem in the translucent, papery matter. They measure between 3 and 10 inches in length. Leaves range in color from pale green to reddish-purple. 


 The pistillate spikes form clusters of seed casings in mid to late summer. Each spike may produce anywhere from 1 to 12 casings.


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