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Lesser Panicled Sedge
Carex diandra

About Lesser Panicled Sedge (Carex diandra) Carex diandra is a species of sedge known by the common name lesser panicled sedge. It is widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere, where it can be found throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. It is also known from New Zealand. It grows in a wide variety of wet habitats, including wetlands, meadows, bogs, and lakeshores. This sedge produces clumps of triangular stems up to 90 centimeters long. The leaves have white-edged, red-dotted sheaths and are up to about 30 centimeters long. The flower cluster is simple or sometimes compound, made up of several clusters of stiff light brown spikes.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 ft (0.9 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Green, White, Red, Brown

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet meadows

Part Shade

Elevation ?
726' - 9989'

Annual Precip. ?
10.2" - 74.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.20" - 2.30"

Coldest Month ?
23.6° F - 51.8° F

Hottest Month ?
47.7° F - 79.5° F

Humidity ?
1.06 vpd - 25.90 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

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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