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Carex cristatella
Carex cristatella
Common Name: Crested Sedge
Crested Sedge forms large clumps of vegetative growth which can be used as ground cover in moist areas. This species grows in colonies in full sunlight on moist ground but not in standing water more than approximately 2 inches in depth. Crested Sedge is easily identified by its characteristic inflorescence of small green balls that spread in all directions. The flowers are present from May to July and turn brown later in the season. Additionally this sedge's habit of occuring in colonies of large clumps is a useful diagnostic tool. Crested Sedge mostly resides in the northern half of Missouri and occurs in bottomland prairies, moist depressions in uplands grasslands, roadside ditches, along lakeshores and streambanks. It is less likely found in openings in bottomland forests.
Height: 1-3 Feet
Spread: 1-2 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-6