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Palm Sedge
Carex muskingumensis

a.k.a. Muskingum sedge

Found in floodplain forests, Palm Sedge is a clump-forming, colony-forming species that prefers moist soil and partial sun.

USDA symbol: CAMU9

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height3 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureWet
Bloom ColorGreen
Palm Sedge (Palm Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex muskingumensis</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience8
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Larval Host ofButterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous butterfly species

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Rain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyChisago, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Houston, Morrison, Steele, Wabasha, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland