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Cedar Sedge

Carex planostachys

Other common name(s):

Family:

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Central Great Plains, Chihuahuan Deserts, Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Southern Texas Plains, Texas Blackland Prairies
Limestone Plains
Chihuahuan Basins and Playas, Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands, Chihuahuan Montane Woodlands, Low Mountains and Bajadas, Stockton Plateau
Carbonate Cross Timbers, Eastern Cross Timbers, Grand Prairie, Limestone Cut Plain, Western Cross Timbers
Bastrop Lost Pines, Floodplains and Low Terraces2, San Antonio Prairie, Southern Post Oak Savanna
Balcones Canyonlands, Edwards Plateau Woodland, Llano Uplift, Semiarid Edwards Plateau
Southern Subhumid Gulf Coastal Prairies
Northern Nueces Alluvial Plains, Semiarid Edwards Bajada
Floodplains and Low Terraces1, Northern Blackland Prairie, Southern Blackland Prairie

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Grass & Sedge

Height

0
to
1
ft.

Spread

1
to
2
ft.

Leaf Retention

Evergreen

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Loam, Clay, Limestone, Caliche, Well Drained

Light Requirement

Water Requirement

Low

Native Habitat

Grassland, Woodland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

Brown

Bloom Season

Summer, Fall

Seasonal Interest

Forage

Wildlife Benefit

Caterpillars, Grasshoppers, Beetles, Butterflies

Maintenance

Requires little maintenance. Leave dead stems standing through Fall and Winter for insect habitat. Cut back dead stems in February before Spring growth. It can take occasional mowing and light foot traffic. Spreads from spring seeds. Propagation: Root division, Seed.

Comments

Can grow in the rich, loose, fast-draining soil created by cedars. Also found in deciduous woodland and as understory to taller grasses in meadows. Though lawn-grass short, it is a clumping sedge, not forming a solid turf, but it can be combined with low-growing plants to create a natural-looking herb layer.

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CAPL3. 3) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Carex+planostachys&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 4) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=8669&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 5) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=39758#null