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Carex senta

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Species Name: Carex senta
Common Name: Rough Sedge

Tolerates alkaline soil and foot traffic. Likes moisture. recommended for small ponds, creeks or moist riparian gardens.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Clumping, low
Deciduous/Evergreen: Stress-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to full shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Distribution: Sierra Nevada highlands, Central and South Coast Range, Transverse Range, Channel Islands, San Jacinto Mountains, Baja
Natural Habitat: Wet meadows, seeps, streambanks, marshy areas

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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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