Greenish-White Sedge

Greenish-white_Sedge_jpgThe Cyperacease family commonly called the sedge family includes eight genera and approximately three hundred species of grass-like plants.  In ancient times sedges were used to make roofs, bedding, caulking for ships.  In the Middle Ages rushes were used to cover cold stone floors and were swept away when dirty. The presence of plants in this family indicates damp soil or low meadows. The following rhythm may help distinguish sedges from the similar appearing rushes and grasses: Sedges have edges, Rushes are round, Grasses have joints from the tips to the ground. The stems of sedges are sharp and Greenish-White sedge stem is three-angled.

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ScientificName:

Carex albolutescens

Community:

Freshwater Wetlands

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

to 18 inches

FruitingTime:

Late June to August

Distribution:

Throughout the costal plain from Massachusetts to Georgia and west to Illinois ~ Delaware Valley

FloweringTime:

May to July

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Densely tufted ~ Leaves narrow, less than ¼ inch wide, Spikes 3-10, bristle like, with both staminate and pistlillate flowers, whitish-green to whitish-yellow ~ Stems slender, erect, sharply three-angled, smooth