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Bear Sedge
Carex arcta
About Bear Sedge (Carex arcta) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Carex arcta is a species of sedge known by the common name northern cluster sedge. It is native to northern North America including most of Canada and northern parts of the United States. It grows in wet areas, especially in coniferous forests. This sedge produces dense clumps of erect stems up to about 80 centimeters in maximum height. The leaves are pale green to grayish, flat, and have reddish or purple-dotted sheaths at the base, and they are sometimes longer than the stems. The flower cluster is a dense, oblong cluster of up to 15 spikes of pointed flowers, each cluster up to 3 or 4 centimeters long and each individual spike up to one centimeter in length. The fruit is covered in a sac called a perigynium which is greenish and veined with a reddish tip.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

2.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Red

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 4 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places, sphagnum bogs

Annual Precipitation: 13.8" - 120.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.59" - 3.61", Coldest Month: 39.9" - 46.9", Hottest Month: 59.6" - 68.2", Humidity: 0.29" - 19.15", Elevation: 48" - 5685"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Northern Cluster 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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