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Carex livida

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About Livid Sedge (Carex livida) Carex livida is a species of sedge known by the common names livid sedge and pale sedge. It has a scattered, interrupted circumboreal distribution, occurring throughout much of Eurasia and northern North America. It also occurs in Panama and South America. It is extirpated in California. This sedge forms small clumps of stems up to 50 to 55 centimeters tall. The stiff, leathery leaves are a pale, waxy blue-gray and have channels on their surfaces. The inflorescence contains separate pistillate and staminate spikes. The plant spreads mostly by sprouting from its rhizome, but it also produces seed.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1 - 1.8 ft (0.3 - 0.5 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
145' - 6584'

Annual Precip. ?
35.9" - 43.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.75" - 2.47"

Coldest Month ?
30.8° F - 45.9° F

Hottest Month ?
57.2° F - 68.5° F

Humidity ?
0.09 vpd - 19.72 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Pale Sedge

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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