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Carex spectabilis

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Species Name: Carex spectabilis
Common Name: Showy Sedge

Shiny green iris-like leaves and showy flower stalks. Good for areas with regular irrigation. Recommended in wet meadow, edge of stream, pond or lake.

Plant Family: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Sedge
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Clumping, grass-like
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, High Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada
Natural Habitat: Wet places, from 5,400' to 11,100'

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