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Carex simulata

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About Analogue Sedge (Carex simulata) Carex simulata is a species of sedge known by the common name analogue sedge. It is native to the western United States and western Canada, where it grows in many types of wet habitat, from mountain meadows to ditches, often in alkaline conditions. This sedge produces sharply triangular stems up to 80 centimeters tall from a long, coarse, dark brown rhizome. The flower cluster is dense and rounded to open and long, containing several flower spikes. The plant is generally dioecious, with individual plants bearing male or female flowers, but not both. The male, staminate flower cluster is usually longer and more narrow than the oval-shaped female, pistillate spike. Female flowers bear fruits which are coated in dark brown, shiny, pointed perigynia.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.5 - 2.6 ft (0.46 - 0.8 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Green, Brown

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Moist area

Part Shade

Elevation ?
43' - 11180'

Annual Precip. ?
6.4" - 110.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.40" - 3.91"

Coldest Month ?
20.1° F - 48.6° F

Hottest Month ?
44.3° F - 75.8° F

Humidity ?
0.40 vpd - 27.86 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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