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Texas Sedge

Carex texensis

Other common name(s):

Family:

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Northern Humid Gulf Coastal Prairies
Flatwoods, Floodplains and Low Terraces3, Pleistocene Fluvial Terraces, Red River Bottomlands, Southern Tertiary Uplands, Tertiary Uplands

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Grass & Sedge

Height

0.5
to
1
ft.

Spread

0.5
to
1
ft.

Leaf Retention

Semi Evergreen

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Moist, Dry

Light Requirement

Sun, Part Shade

Water Requirement

Low

Native Habitat

Woodland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

Yellow, Green, Brown

Bloom Season

Spring

Seasonal Interest

Seeds

Wildlife Benefit

Birds, Small Mammals

Maintenance

Good turf substitute for dry to moist soil in sun to light shade. Can be mowed on high setting to maintain desired height. Good for erosion control. Nice mixed with small flowering plants. The more water it gets, the taller and fuller it is. Propagation: Root division, Seed.

Comments

Cool-season sedge. It is a clump-forming perennial with fine textured foliage. Inflorescences with 3-8 spikes. Provides seeds and habitat for wildlife.
Previous Scientific Name(s): Synonym(s): Carex retroflexa var. texensis

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CATE7. 3) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Carex+texensis&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 4) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=8830&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 5) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=39842#null, 6) https://rootedin.com/tough-texas-native-plants-for-shade-creating-a-cool-haven-before-the-heat/