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Common Names: Shallow Sedge

Scientific Name: Carex lurida


Plant Characteristics

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Size: Typically grows to a height of 1-3 ft., forming dense clumps.
  • Foliage: The leaves are grass-like and often have a medium to dark green color.
  • Bloom Color: Inconspicuous greenish-brown flowers develop in spikes.
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer


Growing Conditions

  • Water Use: High (Thrives in wetland and riparian areas)
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Moist to Wet


Ecological Benefits

Shallow Sedge (Carex lurida) is a native perennial plant that plays a vital role in Maryland's wetland and riparian ecosystems. Its grass-like foliage and clumping growth provide essential habitat and cover for various wildlife, including birds, amphibians, and insects.


This plant's preference for moist to wet soils makes it a key component of wetland restoration efforts, where it helps stabilize soil, manage water, and provide critical habitat. By offering vital habitat resources, Shallow Sedge supports the health and balance of local ecosystems in Maryland, particularly in wetland and riparian environments where it thrives. Additionally, its dense growth can help filter water and improve water quality in these sensitive habitats.

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  • CARING FOR YOUR PLANTS IN WINTER: Please be advised these plants are currently dormant and will awaken in the spring when sunlight and temperatures increase. Plants may be kept outside in their pots in a sheltered location on the ground and insulated by a layer of leaves or straw. Store this way until the last frost has passed. If you wish to plant them sooner, plant when the soil is workable (not frozen) then cover lightly with a layer of leaves for insulation. After the last frost has passed, lightly brush away the leaves.

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