Carex blanda Barker Woods

Family:     Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Duration:  Perennial

Height:     30-45 cm (1-1.5 ft)

Blooming: April, May


Common Woodland Sedge

Carex blanda  Dewey

Flower: the inflorescence (flowering part of the plant) has a staminate (boy spike) on the top and 2-4 pistillate spikes (girl spikes). The perigynia on the pistillate spike is a lime-like green color, smooth, and plump. The staminate spike is on a little stem keeping the boys close to the girls.

Leaves: the culms (stems) are tufted and are usually not erect but droop or sprawl out. The leaves have brown basal sheaths.  

Sun:  Full sun to shade

Ideal conditions: moist, partial to filtered shade

carex blanda indiana dunes
carex blanda indiana

Comments: Without its inflorescence, it can be difficult to differentiate this woodland sedge with other woodland sedges. To read more about the distinction, visit Illinois Wildflowers or Minnesota Wildflowers websites and read their comments. 

Etymology: The genus Carex comes from the Latin word meaning "reed-grass". The specific epithet, blanda, means "charming" in Latin.


all photos by Nathanael Pilla

Landscape: a nice little sedge that can grow in your sunny areas or shaded landscapes. It can become weedy if left unregulated unless used as shaded groundcover.  The deep green foliage and pleasant inflorescence makes this woodland sedge a good addition to your natural landscape.

Species Present and Native