Carex pachystachya (Chamisso Sedge)


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Plant Description: This sedge produces dense clumps of erect stems. The flower cluster, which blooms in the spring, is a dense or open cluster of several spikes of flowers. The pistillate flowers are covered in reddish or brown leafs. The fruit is coated in a sac called a perigynium which is brown or coppery with a metallic sheen and a long dark tip.

  • Height: Up to 3 ft
  • Width: Up to 3 ft
  • Watering needs: Low to moderate
  • Sun needs: Partial shade
  • Soil needs: Loamy or clay soil
  • Bloom Time: Late summer

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This plant is native to western North America from Alaska to Saskatchewan to California, where it grows in dry to wet areas in many types of forest and grassland habitat. 

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