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Carex brevior - Prairie Oval Sedge

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SKU: 8
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Prairie Oval Sedge (Carex brevior) is a versatile perennial sedge of prairies and wetlands. It is a short and compact sedge that is drought tolerant with narrow grass-like foliage. It produces green oval spikelets that change to golden brown seed clusters in the summer. It is a well-adapted sedge and a useful component for ground cover and rainscaping projects. Prairie Oval Sedge along with a few other hardy prairie sedges can make up as much as a quarter of the plants in a tallgrass prairie.


Soil Moisture:  Dry, Moderate, Wet

Sun Exposure:  Full Sun, Partial Shade

Height:  6 - 12 inches

Spread:  6 - 12 inches

Hardiness Zone:  3 - 8

Bloom Color:  Green, Golden-Brown

Bloom Time:  April, May, June

Attracts:  Birds



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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Returns of standard seed mixes and individual species must be made in the original unopened packaging within 10 days of delivery. If you wish to return live plants, you must do so within 5 days of delivery. Returns of standard mixes, individual species, and live plants are subject to a restocking fee of 25%. Custom seed mixes may not be returned. When returning non-damaged goods, the buyer is responsible for shipping charges, and return shipping may be made by whatever means the buyer selects.

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