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Carex scoparia
Carex scoparia
Common Name: Blunt Broom Sedge
Blunt Broom Sedge is a native, perennial plant that thrives in wet prairies, bottomland prairies, upland prairies, around ponds and marshes, and in roadside ditches throughout most of the state. It is an erect plant that grows in clumps or tufts to 2 feet tall with narrow, smooth green to yellowish green leaves. Its bristle-like flowers are produced from May through July with the male flower located at the base of the female spikelet. Broom sedge is tolerant of shady locations. The plant's name, broom sedge, is a translation from the Latin. Carex is the classical Latin name for sedges, and scoparia means "broom-like", evidently describing the plant's upright shape.
Height: 24-30 Inches
Spread: 12-18 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8