Carex bicknellii - Bicknell's Sedge
Bicknell's Sedge (Carex bicknellii) is a prairie sedge that grows in both upland and wetland prairies. The flowering structures of this sedge hover high above the grass-like leaves of the foliage. It produces several yellowish green egg-shaped spikelets that turn tan or brown in late summer. It tolerates a range of soils and is more tolerant of dryer soils than other sedges. Bicknell's Sedge is listed as critically imperiled in Delaware, Vermont, Arkansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 18 - 36 inches
Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Bloom Color: Green, Tan/Brown
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Carex is one of the largest genera of plants with about 2,000 species and a distribution almost worldwide except for tropical lowlands and in sub-Saharan Africa. All Carex are perennial, and are most commonly found in moist to wet habitats. They are also known for their distinct, condensed inflorescences or spikelets that have gained popularity as ornamental in recent years. Sedges are important in peat deposits and often used as forage for livestock, but surprisingly have a rather limited economic utility considering how widespread their distribution is.
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