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Carex meadii
Carex meadii
Common Name: Mead's Sedge
Mead's Sedge is adapted to grow in and out of wetlands. It is often found on drier sites on calcareous soils, but is also found in moist habitats such as wet meadows. Individuals that grow in a drier setting tend to be shorter and more upright than plants found in moist areas. Mead's Sedge is found throughout Missouri, but is most common in the Ozarks and is rare in the Mississippi Alluvial Basin. This species has light green leaves that are thicker than most sedges. Stems are triagonal. Mead's Sedge has male and female flowers that appear from March to June. The thinner male flowers are found at the tip of the flowering stalks while the female flowers are located just below the tip. This species produces unique plump light green fruits.
Height: 8-18 Inches
Spread: 4-6 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8