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Rosy Sedge
Carex rosea

a.k.a. Curly Wood Sedge

Commonly found in mixed woods, Carex rosea is a versatile sedge that is a good ground cover species for difficult spots of a garden.

USDA symbol: CARO22

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height3 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite, Green, Brown
Rosy Sedge (Rosy Sedge<div><em class="small">Carex rosea</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsApril to July
Larval Host ofMoths
Specific Pollinators HostedLoscopia velata

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands