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Woolly Sedge
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Carex pellita

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About Woolly Sedge (Carex pellita) Carex pellita is a species of sedge known by the common name woolly sedge. It is native to much of North America, including most of the United States and southern Canada. It grows in wet and dry areas in a number of habitat types, including disturbed areas such as ditches and roadsides. This sedge grows in colonies of individuals made up of clumps of stems 30 centimeters to one meter tall from a network of spreading rhizomes. The flower cluster is up to 30 centimeters long, a cylindrical body of overlapping flowers. Female flowers have dark brown or purplish, hairy scales with long tips. The fruit is coated in a fuzzy to woolly perigynium.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1 - 3.3 ft (0.3 - 1 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type


Elevation ?
4' - 12027'

Annual Precip. ?
4.8" - 91.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 2.73"

Coldest Month ?
19.3° F - 54.8° F

Hottest Month ?
40.9° F - 80.8° F

Humidity ?
0.44 vpd - 32.65 vpd


Landscaping Information
Other Names
Botanical Names
Carex lanuginosa

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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