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Carex obnupta

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Species Name: Carex obnupta
Common Name: Sedge

Spreads by underground roots. Recommended for soil stabilization near ponds, streams, or wetlands. Provides good cover for shorebirds.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 1' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Low, mounding and speading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Light brown
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northcoast Range, Northwest Klamath Range, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area
Natural Habitat: Moist to wet often saline places below 3000'

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Other Names
  • 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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