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Northern Singlespike Sedge
Carex scirpoidea

About Northern Singlespike Sedge (Carex scirpoidea) Northern Singlespike Sedge (Carex scirpoidea) is a native grass that grows in Central California, primarily in the High Sierra Nevada region. It is moderately fast growing and long-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 1.5 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are green and bloom in the early summer. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in moist rocky places, at elevations from 11500-12100 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.8 - 1.5 ft (0.24 - 0.46 m)


Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky places, at least seasonally wet


Elevation ?
3673' - 12091'

Annual Precip. ?
10.2" - 103.6"

Summer Precip. ?
1.02" - 2.81"

Coldest Month ?
21.0° F - 42.6° F

Hottest Month ?
42.0° F - 63.3° F

Humidity ?
0.71 vpd - 18.25 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

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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