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Carex hoodii

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About Hood's Sedge (Carex hoodii) Carex hoodii is a species of sedge known by the common name Hood's sedge. It is native to western North America from Alaska to California to South Dakota, where it grows in dry to moist habitat in forests and on mountain slopes. This sedge produces clumps of very thin stems up to about 80 centimeters in maximum height. The leaves are narrow and coated at the bases in a tight, green sheath. The flower cluster is a dense cluster of spikelets 1 to 2 centimeters long. The flowers have reddish scales with light edges. The fruit is coated in a perigynium which is brown in the center and green around the edges, and may have a notched tip.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

Flower Color
Green, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky or gravelly slopes, meadow edges

Part Shade

Elevation ?
1437' - 12495'

Annual Precip. ?
16.1" - 153.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.47" - 5.57"

Coldest Month ?
19.3° F - 48.7° F

Hottest Month ?
41.2° F - 73.9° F

Humidity ?
0.74 vpd - 23.09 vpd


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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