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Plantain Leaved Sedge

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Carex plantaginia

Flower Description:

Separate staminate(male) and pistillate (female) spikes, with a single staminate spike up to about 3/4″ long at the top of the stem. Below the staminate spike are 2 to 4 widely spaced, cylindric, all-pistillate spikes each up to 1 inch long on a short, erect stalk, the lowest spike usually near the base.

Season BloomMay-June
HabitatOrnamental woodland sedge of rich deciduous woods, wooded slopes and ravines. Showy flower spikes on purple stems arise in spring, floating above the low-growing foliage. Also known as Seer sucker Sedge, the unusually broad leaves are conspicuously puckered, and somewhat evergreen as well. A good border plant along the woodland trail or mixed in a low-growing shade garden.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are all basal, 5 to 18 inches long, 8-30+mm wide, erect to ascending becoming arching and shorter than the flowering stem. Leaves are hairless, bright green and M-shaped in cross-section when young with a prominent midrib and 2 conspicuous lateral veins, cross-wrinkled between the lateral veins. New leaves emerge when flower stems mature, continue growing through summer and overwinter.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Shade, Partial Shade