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Carex nudata

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Species Name: Carex nudata
Common Name: Black Flowering Sedge

A handsome mounding sedge with subtle black flowers. Great for the moister areas of your yard, especially around a pond.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Dense clumps
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Infrequent to regular
Cold Hardy to: 4,500'
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Black
Endangered?:
Distribution: North Coast, Klamath Ranges, Outer North Coast Ranges, High Sierra Nevada, Sacramento Valley, Central Coast, Central Coast, Central Coast Ranges
Natural Habitat: Rocky or sandy streambeds below high-water mark. Less than 4,500 feet elevation

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  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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