Carex lacustris

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Common Name: Hairy Sedge, Lakebank Sedge, Common Lake Sedge

Sun to shade, wet to medium moisture level, adaptable to most soils except rocky, moderately acid to neutral pH.  2 ½ – 4 feet height, spreads slowly by re-seeding and moderately fast by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region:  Occurs in two counties – Hardin and Montgomery

Cool season.  Designated a “Threatened Species” in Tennessee.  Stout, slender grass-like plant with seed capsules hanging high on the stem.  One of the largest sedges with unusually long leaves.  Useful for control of water erosion along ponds or slow-moving rivers.  Attracts butterflies.

Hairy Sedge, Lakebank Sedge, Common Lake Sedge - Carex lacustris 2
Photo courtesy of John Hilty