#455 Eastern Woodland Sedge (Carex blanda)

3 June

A sedge native to a wide variety of habitats in the eastern and central United States and Canada.

Its leaves are 1–10 mm (0.039–0.394 inches) wide and 14–36 mm (9⁄16–1+7⁄16 inches) long. The stem usually has a staminate (male) spike at the tip, two pistillate (female) spikes closely clustered near it, as well as another pistillate spike lower down. The pistillate spikes have 4 to 36 perigynia each, which develop into seeds (achenes).

Carex blanda is rather common in its native range, and tends to spread aggressively, particularly in disturbed soils.

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