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Carex fracta

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Species Name: Carex fracta
Common Name: Fragile-sheathed Sedge

Fine, hair-like sedge forming flattened emerald meadows when moist. Color fades under dry conditions. Excellent for binding moist or wet soils.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 18in - 3' H, 18in - 3' W
Growth Habit: Grass-like, clumping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to regular
Cold Hardy to: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Brown
Endangered?:
Distribution: Klamath Ranges, North Coastal Ranges, High Cascade Ranges, High Sierra Nevada, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Open forests, montane meadows, moist soil

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