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Golden Sedge
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Carex aurea

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About Golden Sedge (Carex aurea) Carex aurea is a species of sedge known by the common name golden sedge. It is native to much of North America, including most of Canada and the western and central United States. It grows in wet habitat, often on soils of a basic pH. It produces stems up to about 40 centimeters tall. The flower cluster produces staminate and pistillate flowers, the latter yielding rounded fruits. The fruit is coated in a sac called a perigynium which is fleshy and green at full size and then turns bright orange just before it falls off.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.3 ft (0.21 - 0.4 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
1069' - 11270'

Annual Precip. ?
6.2" - 82.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.39" - 2.79"

Coldest Month ?
20.0° F - 49.0° F

Hottest Month ?
44.4° F - 74.2° F

Humidity ?
0.60 vpd - 23.93 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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