Carex densa (Dudley's Sedge)


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Plant Description: grows as an evergreen, compact grass-like tuft. Leaves are narrow with a prominent folded vein along the middle and occasionally covered in brown spots. Inflorescence is a tightly clustered panicle arising terminally on 5 in long stems and is comprised of 10 spikelets. Florets and fruit apparent between June and August.

  • Height: 18-28"
  • Width: 18-28"
  • Watering needs: Moist to wet soil, tolerates seasonal flooding
  • Sun needs: Sun, partial shade
  • Soil needs: Moist soil, prefers riparian environment
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: found in wetlands, riparian zones, and moist meadows up to elevations of 4900 ft (1500 m). Carex densa can be used as a rain garden or bioswale plant.

*Photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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