Carex microptera (Small-winged sedge)

Cool season, bunched, native perennial grasslike. Occurs in wet meadows, saturated soils and streambanks from 5,000-10,000 ft. in elevation. Slow to establish. Low forage value and intolerant of shade. Accumulates lead in its foliage when seeded in soils with high heavy-metal concentrations, such as mine tailings. Use for riparian restoration and reclamation of ditchways and saturated soils from low to mid elevations. May mimic an annual by maturing and flowering in its first growing season. Increases with disturbance. Good palatability to livestock and wildlife. Useful for wetland and riparian restoration.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Cyperaceae

Duration: Perennial, long-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool season

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 12-24 in.

Annual Precipitation: 10 in.

Drought Tolerance: None

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation: 5,000-10,000ft

Wetland Indicator Status: FAC

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: 

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: No

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 5.6-7.4


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 847,000

Seeding Rate: 2-3 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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