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Showy Sedge
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Carex spectabilis

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About Showy Sedge (Carex spectabilis) Carex spectabilis is a species of sedge known by the common name showy sedge. It is native to western North America from Alaska to California to Utah, where it grows in moist mountain habitat in subalpine to alpine climates. This sedge produces clusters of stems 50 to 90 centimeters in maximum height, sometimes from rhizomes. The flower cluster is an erect to heavily nodding cluster of flowers covered in dark purplish scales. The fruit is coated in a perigynium which is pale yellowish to dark purple to black.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.6 - 3 ft (0.49 - 0.9 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
717' - 12863'

Annual Precip. ?
13.9" - 123.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 4.28"

Coldest Month ?
18.2° F - 55.5° F

Hottest Month ?
40.9° F - 75.1° F

Humidity ?
0.70 vpd - 23.76 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

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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