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Carex texensis

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Common Name: Texas Sedge, Catlin Sedge

Part to full shade, medium to moderately dry moisture, loamy or sandy soil, moderately acid to neutral pH.  6-12 inches height by 12 inches spread but can go out to 30 inches, dainty green flower spikes in late spring, slowly spreads by rhizomes to form dense colonies.

Germination Code:  ?

Native Region:  Scattered statewide

Cool season.  Shiny, deep green foliage with leaves less than 1/16 inch wide.  Matures into a low, fine-textured, leafy mat.  Semi-evergreen.  Provides great texture in the garden and is a good lawn substitute for dry to moist shade, seldom needing to be mowed.  Also makes a good woodland groundcover.  Prefers dappled sunlight to shade and the moist, sandy soils of woodlands.  Established plants are drought tolerant.  Medium fast growth rate.  Native to oak savannahs, dry meadows, open oak woods, moist sandy woodlands, forest clearings and woodland edges. 

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Photos courtesy of Southeastern Flora and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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Photos courtesy of Southeastern Flora and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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Photos courtesy of Southeastern Flora and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.