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Pointed Broom Sedge Back to Plant Page
Carex scoparia

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About Pointed Broom Sedge (Carex scoparia) Carex scoparia is a species of sedge known by the common names broom sedge and pointed broom sedge. It should not be confused with the unrelated grass species known as broom sedge, Andropogon virginicus. It is native to much of North America, including the southern half of Canada and most of the continental United States. It is known as an introduced species in New Zealand and parts of Europe. It can be found in many types of wetland habitat, and in generally wet places from meadows to irrigation ditches. Also, adaptable to vary soils and hidrologies. This sedge produces dense clumps of stems 20 centimeters to one meter tall with narrow grasslike leaves up to about 30 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a cluster or open array of several bullet-shaped spikes of flowers. The spikes are light green and age to tan or brown. The fruit is covered in a sac called a perigynium which is light in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.7 - 2.5 ft (0.21 - 0.8 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet, open places


Elevation ?
4026' - 4026'

Annual Precip. ?
41.5" - 41.5"

Summer Precip. ?
1.34" - 1.34"

Coldest Month ?
39.7° F - 39.7° F

Hottest Month ?
66.0° F - 66.0° F

Humidity ?
3.58 vpd - 19.45 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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