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Cherokee Sedge

Carex cherokeensis

Other common name(s):

Family:

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

East Central Texas Plains, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Bastrop Lost Pines, Floodplains and Low Terraces2, Northern Post Oak Savanna, Northern Prairie Outliers, San Antonio Prairie, Southern Post Oak Savanna
Northern Humid Gulf Coastal Prairies
Floodplains and Low Terraces1, Northern Blackland Prairie, Southern Blackland Prairie
Flatwoods, Floodplains and Low Terraces3, Pleistocene Fluvial Terraces, Red River Bottomlands, Southern Tertiary Uplands, Tertiary Uplands

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Grass & Sedge

Height

2
to
2.5
ft.

Spread

0.5
to
1
ft.

Leaf Retention

Evergreen

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam

Light Requirement

Part Shade

Water Requirement

Medium

Native Habitat

Woodland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

White, Green, Brown

Bloom Season

Spring

Seasonal Interest

Seeds, Pollen

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies, Birds

Maintenance

Good low maintenance ground cover. Nice addition to a shade garden. Also works well in containers. Somewhat drought tolerant, but will fare better with extra water in drier months. Thrives in very moist situations. May be thinned if space is an issue. Helps control erosion by stabilizing soil with its extensive root system. Plant in spring or fall so it can become established before extremes of summer and winter. Propagation: Seed, Clump division.

Comments

Clumping sedge with slender, arching leaves. Coarser texture than most sedges and one of the tallest. Provides important habitat and food for many beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies.

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CACH3. 3) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Carex+cherokeensis&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 4) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=8496&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 5) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=39545#null, 6) https://www.coastalprairieconservancy.org/blog/cherokee-sedge
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