Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Fen Star Sedge, Dioecious Sedge, Sterile Sedge

Fen Star Sedge, Dioecious Sedge, Sterile Sedge

Carex sterilis

Full sun, wet to moderately wet moisture level, rich soil.  1 foot height.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region:  Only occurs in Fentress County

Cool season.  Designated “Possibly Extirpated, Endangered” in Tennessee.  Only ccurs in calcareous fens.  (Calcareous fen is defined as a wetland characterized by an upwelling of calcium-rich groundwater that often harbors unique or rare vegetation.)  Identification of this species is usually very difficult and relies on technical morphological features.

sedge;sun;wet;loam

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